International Dairy Showcase 2007:
A fourth edition crowned with success! Saint-Hyacinthe, April 25th, 2007 –
The fourth edition of the International Dairy Showcase crowned its champions on Friday, April 20th, at the Pavillon des Pionniers in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. Besides the four sales, a group of cows showcased by Semex Alliance and the CIAQ, the group of Canadienne animals on display and the international banquet, 139 Ayrshires, 134 Jerseys and 34 Brown Swiss paraded before spectators and official judges. A highly colorful spectacle of excellent genetic quality!
The event began in the afternoon of Wednesday, April 18, when enthusiastic young people took part in the youth activity thereby improving their knowledge regarding colored breeds. The presentation of the CIAQ and Semex Alliance showcase completed the afternoon. In the evening, the exhibitors were invited to a social event where food and refreshments were served. The meal was sponsored by the Quebec Ayrshire Clubs, in collaboration with the CIAQ. The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Brown Swiss Association and Braunvieh were also held at the CIAQ on that same day.
The following day, four sales were part of the activities. The organizers were proud of each one’s results since the sales averages were $2,800, $850, $2,322 and $2,900 that were respectively obtained by the Ayrshire, Canadian, Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds. Such results show the buyer’s keen interest in homeland genetics! The list of prices and buyers will be available soon on www.agri-design.com/sil/vente
For the fourth year, the highlight of the event was, without a doubt, the shows on Friday, April 20th
. The impressive competition offered a choice showcase of the colored breed genetics available in Quebec and Eastern Canada. The shows were held simultaneously offering a spectacle of very high quality genetics.
Mr. David Mayo of Australia had been given the task of being the official judge for the Ayrshire breed, assisted by Mr. Martin Roberge as ringman. The great honors of the day went to Mapleburn Mercedes
, property of Mapleburn Farms Reg’d. of Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec. The Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds relied on the expertise of Mr. Jeff Sayles of Stirling, Ontario to judge both breeds. For the Brown Swiss, the title of Grand Champion went to Moroco Cartoon Nesa
, property of Ferme Sabono of Coaticook, Quebec. For Jersey, the title went to Huronia Connection Crystalyn
, property of Lorne Ella of Hornby, Ontario. The complete results will be posted shortly on www.agri-design.com/sil
The fourth edition of the International Dairy Showcase also attracted international visitors from Sweden, Brazil, Denmark, Australia, Switzerland, Finland and the United States.
On behalf of "Le Comité promotionnel des races laitières"
, hats off to all the exhibitors for their participation and for the quality of the animals presented. Special thanks to the Artificial Insemination Center for its support as well as to all the sponsors who contributed to the success of this event. A rendez-vous is set for the fifth edition on April 18 -19 2008.
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Information: IDS Coordination Team
Hugues Denis, President SIL 2007 Sandra Berthiaume
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