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Why I Lay In Cow Poop To Take Dairy Cattle Show Pictures!

I cannot tell you the number of times that I have been asked, “Why do you lay down on the ground in the cow piss and poop to take pictures?”  It seems like after every show that I go to someone has taken a picture of me laying on the ground taking pictures.   I figured that in order to answer everyone’s questions and explain it in more detail, I would write an article about it.  Here goes.

When I first launched the Bullvine, we did not cover many shows, so we had to use professional side shots of the animals, instead of having pictures of the cows how they looked at the show.  Then, as we grew, we started attending more shows and decided that we would start covering them in more detail.  With that came the need for pictures.  For years, I have been a big fan of the photography work that Han Hopman has been doing for Holstein International.  (Read more: Han Hopman: Shooting Straight at Holstein International)

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He has taken some of the most iconic shots the show ring has ever seen.  Therefore, when we started to cover shows here at The Bullvine, we decided that we wanted to do more photos like Han. In order to achieve this, I first started by looking at Han work and seeing exactly how he was achieving such fantastic results.  I went out and purchased a $500 Canon camera and started to learn about photography.  One of the first things you learn is how to set up the camera to achieve the best results.  The camera settings can often be found in the META Data of each photograph.  So I found myself looking at Han’s photographs to see how he was setting up his camera.   This gave me great insight into the technical part of the process but certainly left much room to learn the artistic side.

Han Hopman always get’s his shot including this one of Eastside Lewisdale Goldwyn Missy & RF Goldwyn Hailey, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion at Royal Winter Fair 2011.

While Han has been the first to employ this method in dairy cattle show ring photography, it has been a very popular technique in sports photography for many years.    Sports Illustrated, known worldwide for their excellent photos, has been using this technique since the 1970’s when Walter Ioos started doing this in order to differentiate his photographs.  It also turned out to be a great contributor to the early success of Sports Illustrated.

Walter Iooss' photos and collages of Michael Jordan featured in Sports Illustrated cover story celebrating the basketball icon's 50th birthday

Walter Iooss’ photos and collages of Michael Jordan featured in Sports Illustrated cover story celebrating the basketball icon’s 50th birthday

Having looked at what Han has been doing, and how Sports Illustrated used the power of differentiated photographs to grow to be the largest sports magazine in the world, I figured that we here at the Bullvine should do the same.  Over the past two years, I have been working at learning this technique and using it and other lessons to create differentiated photographs for us here at the Bullvine.

This is a low-angle shot with by Sports Illustrated's Peter Read Miller.  The camera resting on the ground.

This is a low-angle shot by Sports Illustrated’s Peter Read Miller. The camera resting on the ground.

First let’s clear things up.  I often have conversations with other show ring photographers about this very issue.  Many comment that they prefer to do event coverage photographs instead of cover shot photographs. For that reason, you will not find them lying on the ground to get the type of shots Han has made so popular.  In doing regular event coverage photography instead of trying to get 3-4 cover shots, you are more likely aiming to get 5-10 pictures per class so that viewers can get a good understanding of what each animal in the class looked like and so that the viewers of the photographs could make their own judgement call on each animal.  This means you don’t have as much time to set up for each photo, as you need to always be moving and getting the required shots. Add to that the fact that most publications are posting in real time to their website with placings, and here at the Bullvine we are also posting to Facebook and it can be very hard to stop and pose each photo.  The challenge with conventional event coverage photographs is that they are actually not really giving you a good representation of the animals.  That is because, when taking a regular event coverage photograph, you are shooting down on the animal (as most photographers are taller than 5 feet tall/60 inches).  This causes the level of distortion that is actually unbecoming to the animal.  Combine that with the fact that each camera and lens comes with a certain level of distortion and the pictures you see in typical event coverage are not as accurate as one would think.

Picture taken at standing height

Picture taken at standing height

Picture taken at about 30 inches off the ground.

Picture taken at about 30 inches off the ground.

The best viewing angle for the most accurate evaluation of an animal is to have a camera and lens approximately at the middle of the animal.  So, for a 60 inch cow, you should have the lens at about 30 inches off of the ground.   For most photographers, that means they would need to get at least down on one knee in order to get the best shot.  This is something that many do not choose to do.

Now Han has taken this technique to a whole new level, where he prefers to get down on the ground as low as possible.  This works great when shooting cattle from long distances as it makes the cows seem larger than life and provides very impressive cover shots.  However, as I have learned the hard way, in the past two years that I have been doing this, when these photos are taken at close range, you will find that the cows start to look quartered.  So there is certainly an art form to this photography.

Picture taken at about 30 inches of the ground

Picture taken at about 30 inches of the ground

Picture taken at ground level

Picture taken at ground level

One of the things I quickly learned is that not all North American shows have iconic environments to create these magnificent photographs.  Most dairy cattle shows in North America take place in dark arenas that don’t have very picturesque backgrounds, unlike those in Europe that have a custom environment which helps in producing outstanding photographic results.  The other challenge I learned is that we are typically shooting in low light, with high color cast so certainly shows are a tricky place to get great shots.  This is where I have employed and benefited from the help of others.   I started with staff photographers I work with in my main company who taught me the technical side.  It meant combining many conversations with the likes of Han and Randy Blodgett and two outstanding young photographers, Laurens Rutten and Bradly Cullen, as well as working through much trial and error.   I have slowly learned how to overcome these challenges.  Along with that came the understanding that I would have to invest in new equipment.  What started out as a $500 investment has now become a $30,000 investment complete with converting my garage into a studio in order to learn even more.  We have also now added a video studio for Bullvine TV (Read more: Introducing BullvineTV – The Dairy Breeding Industry Now Has Its Own Channel)

The lesson that I learned from many of the professional portrait photographers I have been fortunate to work with is that you need to develop your own style in order to stand out.  For me, that started out with wanting to catch those moments that breeders will never forget.  It meant being able to capture those moments when a cow is named grand at Expo, or when a father and son embrace after the Royal.  These are the moments that people will never forget, and pictures from these events have proven to be viral on social media.

One of the things I found as our pictures become more recognizable, is that more and more exhibitors where asking me if I had been able to get a picture of their animals.  In the beginning, since more of my photographs turned out somewhat less than good, it meant that I didn`t have time to get the shots all breeders were looking for.  However, more recently, as our experience has grown, we now strive to get a picture of every animal that enters the ring, and this is something we have been very close to achieving.  With the last Quebec Summer Show, we posted over 300 photographs from a show that had 148 animals.  (Read more: Expo provinciale de Montmagny) The interesting part is that instead of just doing event coverage like most publications are still doing, we are now able to produce shots that showoff the animals in the best possible way.  This has led to the Bullvine`s photos being the most used photos for ads and magazine covers in the dairy breeding industry.

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The Bullvine Bottom Line

For me being able to be in the middle of the ring at Expo, the Royal or pretty much any other dairy cattle show is a real honor.  Exhibitors go to a great deal of effort 365 days a year, and I love being able to see up close just which  cows look good and which ones are not at their best on that day.  I feel that it`s my responsibility to the breeders that view our photographs to provide them with the best photos possible.  Also the reason I don`t charge breeders and exhibitors for the use of my photographs, as I have not paid for the right to take the photographs, how do I have the right to charge them?  In order to achieve this it not only means having the best equipment we can afford, but it also means being willing to get down on the ground  in order to  get the angle and perspective that captures the best possible moment.   Often this means laying in the piss and poop, as the angle that allows you to get to see the cows fore and rear udder may not be one that is in the cleanest spot in the show ring.  Sure I could move to a different angle, but then I would be cheating the breeders who go to so much effort to bring their animals to the show as well as those who like to view our pictures online.  It`s not about how pretty I look, but rather, what can I do to capture that animal looking her best! If that means laying in piss and poop, so be it. Besides how many true dairy farmers do you know that are afraid to get a little poop on them?

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The Secret to Breeding the Dairy Cow of the Future…

As breeders we seldom give thought to the new milk products that consumers will want in the future. We assume that the composition of the milk we ship will not be different from what our cows currently produce. So we continue to select for the proportions of fats and proteins that have existed, wellalmost, forever. But our assumption of no composition change may not be correct. Let’s dig deeper.

Value Added Is the New Game

Some breeders have not been willing to accept the generic approach and average price for the milk they ship. To that end we see A2 milk taking market share in some countries, butter making a comeback (Read more: 12 Things You Need to Know About A2 Milk) and breed specific milks also catching market share. All in an effort to generate more revenue. It takes effort but the rewards appear to be well worth it.

The growth in milk’s market share of the food dollar will come from new specialty, health or pleasing to the palate products. Cold fluid milk in not currently the drink of choice in countries where the population growth will occur and it cannot be priced above other beverages.

To get new value added products will take something other than the milk our cows have been producing. This has been talked about for some time but until genomics came on the scene it had only been talk, as we had no way of linking genetics to products.  (Read more: The Dairy Industry – Past, Present and the Future,  “Got Milk” is becoming “Got More” and MILK MARKETING: How “Got Milk?” BECAME “Got Lost”)

Takes Shareholder Collaboration

For the vast majority of milk produced, the customers next in line for the milk producers sell, are the processors.  So to garner the maximum farm gate price, breeders will need to supply their processor with the milk that can be used to yield the value added product. But it’s not a simple thing.

Changing Milk Composition – Possible or Impossible?

What we are talking about is genetically changing for instance the protein composition of the milk cows produce. It is possible to feed cows a special diet or grow feeds on a certain soil type and relatively quickly alter composition to produce a specific product. It takes time to identify the desired parents, select for and then produce the cows that will produce the milk with unique composition.

A study currently underway in Scandinavia is collecting genomic data on individual cows and three breeds for the proportions of casein and whey proteins they produce. The Jerseys have higher concentrations of kappa casein known to be favourable for cheese making. The Swedish Red have a higher concentration of genes not as favourable to cheese making and the Holsteins have the highest relative composition of beta casein. However, within each breed, there are cows that have the ‘good’ genetic make-up, favorable for increased cheese production. The next steps of the study will be to actually quantify relationships and, once the results are available, refine selection for increased cheese production.  The good news is that producers wishing to receive increased returns for the milk they sell for cheese, will be able to develop herds that allow them to do that.

Can Breeders Get Started Now?

At present the tools to identify animals with the ‘good’ genes are not available. However that should not stop breeders wishing to develop bloodlines that will give them more cheese. Selecting for protein yield or CM$ (Cheese Merit Dollars) are good starting points. Instead of using NM$ (Net Merit Dollars) or FM$ (Fluid Merit Dollars) for sire or dam selection, breeders should use CM$. To maximize on-farm profit, selecting for CM$ is superior to using single trait selection and selecting for protein yield only. As more information relating genomic profiles with cheese production becomes available, breeders will be able to fine tune their selection.

Sires that Stand Out

At the present time genomic and daughter proven sires that stand out for CM$ include the following:

  • Mr Mogul Delta 1427 (203HO01468) CM$ 1115
  • Cogent Supershot (224HO02881) CM$ 1099
  • MR Shot Dozer (151HO00696) CM$ 1067
  • Roylane Socra Robust (7HO10524) CM$  921
  • Clear-Echo Nifty Twist (20HO14335) CM$  885
  • Kings-Ransom Erdman CRI (1HO09880)  CM$  856

The Bullvine Bottom Line

Breeders wishing to position themselves for having breeding stock and producing milk that is favourable to cheese production need to get started on using sires in their breeding program that have CM$ values over $1000 CM$ for genomic sires and $800 CM$ for daughter proven sires.

 

 

 

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Dairy Farm Management – Keep Calm and Carry a Smart Phone

If your mind is open to using digital technology in the barn, then you will agree that everything from the first PDA’s to the newest phones have forever changed our dairy management and communication capabilities. We have been amazed at the way phones seem to get cheaper, smaller and faster overnight.  Today, if we want it, we have the power to access information and organize in ways never before possible, using simpler, more effective tools like the smart phone.

“YES! THERE’S A SMART PHONE TO MATCH YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE”

Regardless of the tool, the choice of using it or abusing it is ours. Lifestyle farmers may have a knee jerk reaction against technology in the barn.  But again, it’s a choice. Do you want faster resolution of health issues?  More focused work time? Real time updates to bookkeeping and record keeping rather than a once a week, month or year scramble. Regardless of your dairy farming philosophy, there will always be a large list of what needs to be dealt with. Even if you are comfortable with crisis management, your smartphone can ease the pressure when panic strikes.

“IF YOU ONLY DO ONE EXTRA THING, MAKE IT ONE OF THESE!”

Some people use all the power and functionality of their smartphone.  Others only use a few features.  No matter which side you are on, here are three that can make an enormous impact on how you manage.

Synchronize Your Calendars – One of the most powerful smartphone features is the ability to sync your information across multiple devices.  Synchronizing is not a new word in the dairy business, but using it to mean that all your electronic devices are intern-connected may be a new application. At the very least, ensure that your calendar is synched to your desktop, office and home PC. This will allow you to maintain one calendar instead of many separate ones.  The same is true for your contacts and to do items.

Use the Camera For MORE than Pictures – Beyond the picture of your calf, your John Deere or a “selfie,” your smartphone’s camera can be used to capture all kinds of information.  Whiteboards.  Notes. Reminders.  (Which pasture feeder is empty?)  Documents.  And more.  There are some great applications to help you manage your information pictures.

 “IF YOU’RE ALREADY SMARTER THAN YOUR PHONE, USE IT FOR MARKETING!”

You could be holding back from advertising the genetic successes that your dairy is producing because of your reluctance to take time to meet and coordinate with a photographer, magazine ad salesperson and your banker. That’s why you should consider YouTube videos that can be made with smartphone cameras and (with or without cheap props) can generate as much buzz as a very expensive ad campaign. The brilliance is that you can have it at the right time …. YOUR time! Instant visibility.  Ongoing market awareness.

“3 SHREWD MOVES FOR SMART PHONE DUMMIES”

There are pitfalls in using any tool.  The smartphone is no exception.

  • USE IT WISELY: You can let your smartphone help you or you can let it complicate your life and take up all your time.
  • SAFETY FIRST!  Don’t let your new buddy in your hand distract your attention from safe procedures that are necessary on every dairy operation.
  • DON’T INTRUDE: Don’t pressure your friends. You aren’t the only one who wants to manage their time. Don’t interfere with others.

“Keep Calm and Carry a Smart Phone”

A couple of weeks ago my 12-year-old grand-daughter was in charge of her sister – … when the family dog, while chewing on a stick, got a piece lodged between her gums.  Frantic and unable to close her mouth, the dog began shaking her head spraying spit at an alarming rate.  Thinking fast, my grand-girl grabbed her smart phone, took a quick video and forwarded it to her parents with accompanying questions about, “What should I do?”  Very quickly both mom and dad responded.  One was on the way home.  The other got on the phone and reassured that the situation was not life-threatening and would soon be resolved. Thank goodness for the bright girl and smart phone.

“Should You Hire or Fire Your Smart Phone?”

By using a smartphone, your farm team can start developing systems to work better, cover for each other and share project information. As each person knows more about the dairy’s priorities, they can understand and anticipate each other’s needs better. They can overlap responsibilities and the needs of the herd re well-covered. The smartphone camera, text and email capture issues and transforms the work day. Could you imagine just a couple of years ago that a manager could walk through the barn or pasture with a handheld smartphone, review cattle within sight, update information on heats and health, electronically send tasks to other staff, take photos, capture videos and voice memos, then have all that information be available in the office? Alternatively, could you have imagined just a few years ago that a dairy owner could actually leave the farm with the family and still be connected enough for consultation or updates? Many would not have thought that possible. It is now.

Always Connected. Office time is Blending with Barn Time

In the past, after chores were done, there was still the desk work. Today many dairy managers are taking a page from medical professionals who are accessing medical files in real cow side time. And speaking of professionals, vets, nutritionists and feed suppliers are increasingly willing to consult using digital devices. In the next few years, the fields of dairy health and management will become radically transformed.  Smartphones will pair with the Internet “cloud” to monitor individual health to the greater benefit of the cattle. “One-size-fits-all” cow care will become a thing of the past. It is not difficult to envision a day when an animal caregiver will have individual cow vital statistics and health data available in 24/7 on his or her smartphone.

“There are Other Digital Devices” ….. “Beyond the Smart Phone”

Increasingly available and/or developing quickly or on the horizon

  • Laboratory and “cow side” blood and milk testing for pregnancy and hormone status
  • Robotic milking units married to complex testing mechanisms that give real-time, current physiological data on the cow, including conductivity measurement to diagnose mastitis status, progesterone levels to aid breeding management and beta hydroxyl butyric acid (BHBA) quantification to reveal subclinical and clinical ketosis.
  • Individual cow monitoring technology via activity and rumination monitors.
  •  Economical, in-dwelling rumen boluses that collect and report rumen pH and other metabolic and physiological variables.

“Farming with Your Smartphone:  Get the most work done … and get a break too!

No matter where you are, eventually someone will talk about overcoming smartphone obsession.  They are concerned that we don’t interact or make real connections. We are devolving into a world with less face time.  They scream “It’s taking over work life balance!”   Well, in the first place, for dairy farmers work-life balance has never meant the same as it does for people with regular day where you are at work or not at work. Secondly, most dairy farmers have already chosen to blur the lines between work and life, and see balance as that wonderful situation where they get to do everything! Many time management organizers frown on this preference for multi-tasking – but they are not in the hurry up and wait world that happens daily on a dairy operation.  Around calving, loading, feed delivery or weather change on harvest or planting days you are literally at a standstill.  With a smart phone, your office is wherever you are. On those same days, when you are in “hell bent for leather” mode, being able to call for help, assign priorities or order in pizza for everybody seems like the best balancing act of all!

“HELLO!  ANYBODY THERE?”

Whether you’re an early adopter or the last one to follow the crowd, longevity in the dairy business means producing healthy milk at enough profit margin to meet the needs of you and your dependants.  Whether that’s three cows in a village in Africa or 300,000 on a dairy in Florida, it is the difference between the cost of production and the profit received that makes a dairy business sustainable or not. You can’t phone it in, but you can dial into modern methods and make continuous improvements.

THE BULLVINE BOTTOM LINE

Let’s face it.  We love our cows, but there’s always room for improvement. Are you operating at your most effective level? The next time you’re in the middle of a significant crisis or even a minor problem, ask yourself if a smartphone could have helped. If the answer is “Yes!”  then get smart and …..” Pick up the phone!!!”

 

 

 

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If You Know What’s Good for You… Eat Butter!

As dairy breeders, we pay special attention to the nutritional needs of our dairy herds.  As food consumers, we are also well aware of the responsibility of keeping ourselves and our families healthy.  It sometimes feels like being placed between a rock and a hard place. This is especially true when we read headlines that vilify farmers or the food we produce. Fortunately, in the case of butter, the pendulum is swinging in a more positive direction.

“Who Can You Believe?”

Over time butter has been blamed for everything harmful from obesity to heart disease. Dr. Ancel Keys – an American scientist who studied the influence of diet on health – believed saturated fats were the leading cause of heart disease because of their high caloric values and cholesterol levels. In 1961, the American Heart Association endorsed Keys’ hypothesis on fat, and the war against saturated fats was on. That same year, Keys was featured on the cover of Time magazine. Needless to say, margarine sales flourished while butter purchases plummeted.

“The Start and End of My Butter Blues!”

I am exactly the right age to remember the campaign against fat that came to the forefront in the 1960s.   I distinctly recall the difference that switching to margarine made in the taste of food. Butter had always been at the top of my list for improving bland tasting foods.   Gradually my grandparents and parents were won over to the idea of margarine as a healthier alternative to butter. I wish I had known that I could have pointed them to master chef Julia Child. It might have helped.  But maybe not. Sometimes the way we accept information is more mystery than recipe!

“Good Sense. Good Science.  Butter Brings Them Together Again!”

It has taken a long time, but hindsight regarding butter is becoming 20/20. Using the considerable data collected it is now possible to compare inverse relationships as the consumption of butter dropped and cancer and heart disease soared.  Certainly the rise in cancer and heart disease can no longer be blamed on high-saturated-fat butter. Indeed new research points to other contributing factors which need pro-active attention. Common sense needs to become more common.

The New Tune “Bring Butter Back” Is Hitting the Health Charts

Whenever we are in agreement with opinion reversals, we happily report that the change of tune. Today, after additional research and failures to curb obesity and type 2 diabetes, researchers are indeed singing a new tune. So-called heart healthy spreads, hydrogenated vegetable oils, margarine and shortening are under scrutiny. Excess dietary sugar creates insulin and leptin resistance, which can lead to obesity and inflamed arteries – which both raise the risk for a heart attack.  It’s not over-dramatic to declare that fighting obesity is a battle we all wage. But not all of us recognize the harm that one or two cans of soda can inflict. (Every American consumes on average 400 8 oz. servings of Coke products per year!) However, let’s stay focused on butter.

“Butter UP!” It’s High Time We Melted Those Butter Myths.”

Currently, both sides of the butter market — production and consumption — are strong.  In 2014 butter consumption in the US reached its 40 year peak of 5.6 pounds per capita, compared to 4.1 pounds in 1997. Meanwhile, margarine has fallen to a 70-year low. The butter boom, at least in part, has been attributed to a shift in consumer preferences away from processed foods and back toward natural foods.

“What you Don’t Know About Butter, Could Fill a Crock!”

It’s time to review and revise what you know about butter.

  • Almost as harmful as bad science is misleading advertising. Everyone who has a product to sell uses advertising to support purchases by targeted consumers. Imitation products made from vegetables, weeds, seeds or nuts are packaged like real dairy products and have the words “milk” or “dairy” in their names or advertising. They are a choice. But they are definitely not dairy even though advertisers keep churning things up.
  •  “Overall intake of dairy products was not associated with mortality. A possible beneficial association between intake of full-fat dairy and cardiovascular mortality needs further assessment and confirmation.” (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2010) 64, 569–577; doi:10.1038/ejcn.2010.45;)
  • There are a lot of fat soluble vitamins in butter. This includes vitamins A, E and K2.
  • Butter contains short and medium chain fats which are metabolized differently from other fats. They lead to improved satiety and increased fat burning.
  • Butter is an excellent source of a fatty acid called Conjugated Linoleic Acid. This fatty acid has powerful effects on metabolism and is actually sold commercially as a weight loss supplement.
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid has been shown to have anti-cancer properties as well as lowering body fat percentage in humans. However, some studies on CLA show no effect on body composition.
  • In 2013, the USDA began the process of banning trans fats from the American food supply.

“Upgrade to a Butter Vocabulary”

New terms that you may want to spread around are Vitamin K2 and Butyrate.

Vitamin K2. As previously mentioned, butter contains Vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is somewhat rare in the modern diet. It is involved in calcium metabolism. Low intake of K2 has been associated with many serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis.

Butyrate: The 4-carbon fatty acid butyrate is created by bacteria in the colon when they are exposed to dietary fiber. Butter, is about 3-4% butyrate. In fact, butyr-ate derives its name from butter.

“Does Butter Make My Butt Look Bigger?”

Nutrition authorities often recommend that we choose low-fat dairy products. That way, we can get the calcium we need without all those “bad” fats and calories. Furthermore, despite the higher calorie content, eating high-fat dairy products is NOT associated with obesity. Modern research results point to high caloric intake and artificial ingredients as the more likely culprits impacting current health challenges.  In 2012, a study examined the effects of high-fat dairy consumption on obesity, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic disorders. They discovered that high-fat dairy did NOT increase risk of metabolic disease and was associated with a reduced risk of obesity.

“Always Consider Where It’s Coming From”

Making better choices is what makes life such a challenge and an opportunity.  Always consider where the information you’re buying into is coming from.  Try to avoid agendas of the information provider.  Obviously The Bullvine has a definitely pro-dairy viewpoint.  Having said that, the choice to accept, reject or react is up to you!  With instant access to news, we are bombarded with information 24/7.  We need to understand that headlines sometimes are aimed at sensationalism and are not necessarily scientific fact. Furthermore, when it comes to eating, you can have too much of a good thing. Just because something is good for you, it doesn’t follow that you should overindulge. But, having said that, there are some well-supported reasons for choosing butter.

“Butter is the Source for GOOD Fats.”

Healthy Saturated Fats The “war” against saturated fat was NOT based on real science. And speaking of good, there are good fats, and there are bad fats for us to learn to recognize. Saturated fats raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL from small, dense (very bad) to Large LDL, which is benign.

Butter Does Your Heart Good

Recent studies suggest that there is no association all between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately in our misguided enthusiasm we replaced healthy butter with unhealthy highly processed Trans fats. Trans fats are the bad guys and cause all sorts of diseases. In the Framingham heart study, they examined the effects of butter and margarine on cardiovascular disease.

Margarine significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular disease, while butter had no effect.

Another study revealed that high-fat dairy consumption reduced the risk of heart disease by a whopping 69%, most likely due to increased Vitamin K2 intake.

Conclusion: “You can’t Beat Butter.”

Well, actually you can beat butter but in terms of better eating, butter bashing has gone bye, bye!

In all the hype over good and bad, we sometimes are told or assume that if it tastes good it must be bad for you. It’s important to weigh the facts and make responsible choices.  Allowing butter to regain its place at the table, is a win-win-win for science, health and good taste.

The Bullvine Bottom Line

It`s time to bury the myth that butter is bad for you right along with  the accompanying threats, scare tactics and alarm bells.  The information is out there. It is based on real science and makes good sense and most importantly you can declare with confidence, “If you know what’s good for you …. eat butter!”

 

 

 

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Expo provinciale de Montmagny

top read 14 iconAugust 23, 2014
Judge: Rolland Dubois, Saint-Flavien, Qc.
148 Head / 74 Exhibitors

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Grand Champion – RF GOLDWYN HAILEY  – Best udder, Gen-Com Holstein Ltd
Reserve Grand Champion – BOULET GOLDWYN CHALOU, Best Bred & Owned, Ferme Boulet Inc., Pierre Boulet &Ferme Vilmer Inc
HM. Champion – Charwill Attic Marcy (Attic), Gen-Com Holstein Ltee, Qc

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Intermediate  Champion – Charwill Attic Marcy (Attic), Gen-Com Holstein Ltee, Qc
Reserve Inter. Campion – Petitclerc Gold Saltalamacchia (Goldwyn), Ferme Jean-Paul Petitclerc & Fils
Honorable Mention – Jacobs Goldwyn Lisamaree (Goldwyn) Ferme Jacobs

 

ROTALY GOLDWYN ALLEGRIA  Junior Champion ROCK HEBERT & NATHALIE DUMAIS

ROTALY GOLDWYN ALLEGRIA
Junior Champion
ROCK HEBERT & NATHALIE DUMAIS

Junior Champion -Rotaly Goldwyn Allegria (Goldwyn), Rock Hébert & Nathalie Hébert, Qc
Reserve Jr Champion -Lingle Goldchip Feline (Goldchip), Ferme Jen-Paul Petitclerc, Qc
Honorable Mention – Jacobs Goldwyn Aliza (Goldwyn), Ferme Jacobs Inc., Qc

Junior Calf

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1. LACFRASER G W ATWOOD SILVER , Best Bred & Owned, ROBERT LAROCHELLE
2. LACHANCIA ELABORATE TITANE , FERME KAMLAKE, STEPHANE TARDIF
3. PETITCLERC ATWOOD ATLAS , FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
4. JELAU MASCALESE JULIE , FERME KAMLAKE
5. JACOBS GOLDWYN KAHNE , FERME JACOBS INC
6. DENISTIER ATTWOOD LOTO , DENISTIER 24113185 QUEBEC INC
7. DUCHESNE ATWOOD LOTTY , FERME DUCHESNE HOLSTEIN
8. ROTALY BRAWLER HIDALGO , ROCK HEBERT & NATHALIE DUMAIS
9. CRASDALE WINDBROOK ADDICTION , CRASDALE FARMS, FERME BLONDIN
10. PETITCLERC GOLDWYN SWEETHEART, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC

 Intermediate Calf

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1. ROTALY GOLDWYN ALLEGRIA . Best Bred & Owned, ROCK HEBERT & NATHALIE DUMAIS
2. BELFAST DOORMAN LOVESTRUCK , BELFAST HOLSTEIN ENR, MARY INN HOLSTEIN
3. CYRMO DOORMAN FANTA , JAMES ST. CYR
4. PETITCLERC GOLDSUN SALSA , FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
5. REPA JENNA DOORMAN , DONALD ROUX, MELANIE PARENTEAU, REJEAN PARENTEAU
6. MICHERET LORCY MASCALESE , FERME MICHERET INC
7. SICY AFTERSHOCK LEMONE , FERME YVON SICARD, JULIEN SICARD
8. GARAY AFTERSHOCK ZOUKI , DONALD DUBOIS, FERME JENDRO INC, JM VALLEY HOLSTEIN
9. REPA JENNLY DOORMAN , DONALD ROUX, MELANIE PARENTEAU, REJEAN PARENTEAU
10. MAROCH ATWOOD KABOOM, FERME JACOBS INC

 Senior Calf

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1. LINGLE GOLDCHIP FELINE-ET , FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
2. ROBROOK WINDBROOK BEAUTY , ISABELLE MORIN, PIERRE BOULET
3. PAULO LAUTHORITY LADYS NIGHT , Best Bred & Owned, FERME PAUL-AIME VERMETTE & FILS INC
4. ROTALY WINDBROOK OMBRE , ROCK HEBERT & NATHALIE DUMAIS
5. MARCON AFTERSHOCK CATHERINE , FERME H. MARCOUX & FILS INC
6. ROQUET CANDY NUMERO UNO, NICOLAS TEN HAVE
7. PETITCLERC GOLDWYN SALVATORE , FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
8. JACOBS ALEXANDER GOOD, FERME JACOBS INC
9. JACOBS GOLDWYN KARANA, JACOB DUEPPENGIESSER, FERME JACOBS INC
10. RICAGRI DEMPSEY PACE , FERME RICAGRI INC, JEAN-PHILIPPE CHAREST

Summer Yearling

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1. DESDEUXLACS FEVR MISS, Best Bred & Owned, LA FERME HUDON & FILS INC
2. PIERSTEIN WINDBROOK TIBOUT, PIERRE BOULET
3. MYNAVIA REGINALD ALEX, FERME MAGUY NORMANDIN INC, FERME MYNAVIA
4. JACOBS ATWOOD BIANNA, FERME JACOBS INC
5. VERTDOR ARTES TIFANY, FERME VERT D’OR INC
6. GEN-I-BEQ GOLDWYN LAURA, BELFAST HOLSTEIN ENR, JEREMY BAZAILLACQ
7. JACOBS GOLD CHIP BIO, FERME JACOBS INC
8. JACOBS ALEXANDER VALANO , FERME JACOBS INC
9. BELFAST FEVER TALLY , BELFAST HOLSTEIN ENR
10. BERGEROY WINDBROOK ROXETTI , BERGEROY HOLSTEIN INC, JOSIANNE BOUCHARD

Junior Yearling

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1. JACOBS GOLDWYN ALIZA, Best Bred & Owned, FERME JACOBS INC
2. DENISTIER MAGIC DAY , DENISTIER 24113185 QUEBEC INC
3. BELFAST WINDBROOK SYRYUS , BELFAST HOLSTEIN ENR
4. SICY BALLET ATWOOD , FERME YVON SICARD, GHYSLAIN DEMERS

Winter Yearling

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1. KAROBERT STANLEY CUP ALLYSTAR, Best Bred & Owned, ALAIN ROBERT & CAROLINE BRETON
2. JACOBS ALEXANDER EDDY, FERME JACOBS INC
3. COTOPIERRE DEMPSEY RENNA, FERME ST. PIERRE & FILS ENR
4. VERTDOR LAUTHORITY MATRIX , FERME VERT D’OR INC
5. PETITCLERC ALEXANDER ACCESS , FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
6. ERNEST-ANTHONY SCP ANGELICA , FERME BLONDIN, FERME FORTALE HOLSTEIN INC

Senior Yearling

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1. GOLDENFLO GOLDCHIP KENTUCKY, CABANHA DMG, JEAN-PHILIPPE CHAREST, MACBEATH FARMS LTD, MV GENETICA
2. TY-D ALEXANDER TIA MARIA , FERME JACOBS INC

Jr Herd

1. Jacobs
2. Rotaly

Premier Breeder & Exhibitor

1. Jacobs
2. Petitclerc
3. Rotaly

 Senior Yearling in Milk

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1. PETITCLERC GOLD SALTALAMACCHIA – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
2. JACOBS SID BAMBA , FERME JACOBS INC, MARTIN VEILLEUX
3. BERNADALE GOLDWYN ABILITY , FERME BLONDIN
4. JACOBS ALEXANDER EVERYTHING , FERME JACOBS INC
5. PIERSTEIN SID CAM , PIERRE BOULET
6. BERTHELY DEMPSEY MYLOVE , FERME BERTHELY INC
7. GARAY ALEXANDER ALL BLACK, FERME FORTALE HOLSTEIN INC, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
8. JACOBS SID BRIE , FERME JACOBS INC

Junior 2 Year Olds

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1. OUTAUAIS SID HAILEY, FERME BLONDIN
2. ROSEVINE DEMPSEY WOOPIE , FERME BLONDIN
3. MABEL REGINALD LITINOU, Best Bred & Owned, FERME MAGUY NORMANDIN INC
4. GRILLSDALE WORKOUT DUNDEE, GEN-COM HOLSTEIN LTE
5. JACOBS SID GLORY, FERME JACOBS INC, PINEHAVEN FARM
6. DUHAMEL WINDBROOK DOWNY, FERME MAROCH & FILS INC
7. EXTONDALE SID JAM, FERME BLONDIN
8. JACOBS GOLDWYN ALEAH , FERME JACOBS INC
10. BOULET SID EMILY, FERME BOULET INC

Senior 2 Year Old

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1. PETITCLERC GOLDWYN ANOUK, Best Bred & Owned, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
2. MASSICO WINBROOK CHARLY – Best udder, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
3. MICHERET AMAZONE WINDBROOK, FERME MICHERET INC
4. HARMILL KROWN REANN , PIERRE BOULET
5. GEN-COM SID LOLLY TOP , FERME JOCELYN COTE INC
6. JACOBS GOLDWYN ALYSON , FERME JACOBS INC
7. JACOBS FEVER CAEL, FERME JACOBS INC
8. PETITCLERC GOLDWYN SILVER, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
9. BERGEROY SID AMBELIA, BERGEROY HOLSTEIN INC
10. JACOBS GOLDWYN BAHIA, FERME JACOBS INC

Junior 3 Year Old

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1. BERGEROY SEAVER CARTER – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, BERGEROY HOLSTEIN INC
2. CRASDALE ATWOOD ENERTIA, FERME YVON SICARD
3. MARCON GOLDWYN CASILA, FERME BOULET INC, FERME H. MARCOUX & FILS INC
4. JACOBS ATWOOD VEDETTE, FERME JACOBS INC
5. COTOPIERRE FEVER FLOEE, FERME ST. PIERRE & FILS ENR
6. BLONDIN GOLDWYN KALLY, FERME BLONDIN
7. LEXIS V V MAGNETISM GALLEY, FRIZZELLS VALLEYVILLE FARM INC, LEXIS HOLSTEINS, PIERRE BOULET
8. PETITCLERC SEAVER DELIMA, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
9. PIERSTEIN ALEXANDER OOH LA LA, PIERRE BOULET
10. GILLY JORDAN MAYA, FERME GILLY

Senior 3 Year Old

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1. CHARWILL ATTIC MARCY – Best udder, GEN-COM HOLSTEIN LTEE
2. JACOBS GOLDWYN LISAMAREE, Best Bred & Owned, FERME JACOBS INC
3. MYSTIQUE GOLDWYN BOREALE, FERME BLONDIN
4. SICY ELLA AMAZING, FERME YVON SICARD, PIERRE BOULET
5. HODGLYNN DYNASTY LICORICE, GEN-COM HOLSTEIN LTEE
6. BONACCUEIL FELIA GOLDWYN, A. & R. BOULET INC
7. PETITCLERC ALEXANDER AMYCALE, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
8. MAROCH SHOTTLE MAGNA, FERME MAROCH & FILS INC

4 Year Olds

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1. JACOBS ATWOOD MELODY – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, FERME JACOBS INC
2. BLONDIN ALEXANDER ARMANA, FERME JACOBS INC
3. COTOPIERRE GOLDWYN ELOISE, FERME ST. PIERRE & FILS ENR
4. BURN DENISON ALLISON. FERME KAMLAKE, LA FERME A.B.G. BLACKBURN INC
5. TODDSDALE-I JASPER JODIE, FERME C.P.R. GRENON INC
6. BOULET PRONTO CHALE, FERME BOULET INC
7. PETITCLERC GOLDWYN VERTICA, FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC

5 Year Olds

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1. COBEQUID GOLDWYN LENO – Best udder, Yvon Sicard,G.Demers,Butz-Hill Holstein, P. Boulet
2. MS PRIDE GOLD INVITE 761-ET, Blondin & Crasdale & Ponderosa
3. CORADIE GOLDWYN MIGANE, Ferme Laitière Rayon D’or Inc.
4. JACOBS MINISTER AIMA, Best Bred & Owned, Ferme Jacobs Inc.
5. BOULET GOLDWYN CHALY ROSE, Ferme Boulet Inc., Pierre Boulet & Ferme Arthur La
6. MORSAN GOLD TAFFY, Ferme Cerpolait
7. KARONA GOLDWYN MALIBU, Ferme Beldavid Inc.
8. MACPES GOLDWYN LYTHRUM, Martin, Marcel
9. ASHLYN GOLDWYN STYLE, Ferme A. R. Boulet Inc.
10. BACHLEE TALENT MIA, Joel Lepage

Mature Cow

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1. RF GOLDWYN HAILEY  – Best udder, Gen-Com Holstein Ltd
2. BOULET GOLDWYN CHALOU, Best Bred & Owned, Ferme Boulet Inc., Pierre Boulet &Ferme Vilmer Inc
3. EBYHOLME GOLDWYN MELLOW, Ferme A. R. Boulet Inc.
4. CLAYNOOK KAREN GOLDWYN, Joel Lepage

Production Cow Class

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1. ROGGUA DUNDEE EVELYNE – Best udder, Yvon Sicard,G.Demers,Butz-Hill Holstein, P. Boulet
2. MEADOW GREEN JEANY OUTSIDE, Ferme Blondin
3. WENDON GOLDWYN ALLIE, Ferme Laitière Rayon D’or Inc.
4. BONACCUEIL GOLDWYN ROSALIND, Best Bred & Owned, Ferme A. R. Boulet Inc.

Premier Breeder
1. FERME JACOBS INC (JACOBS)
2. FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC (PETITCLERC)
3. FERME BOULET INC (BOULET)

Premier Exhibitor
1. FERME JACOBS INC
2. FERME JEAN-PAUL PETITCLERC & FILS INC
3. FERME BLONDIN

Premier Sire
1. BRAEDALE GOLDWYN
2. PINE-TREE SID-ET
3. MAPLE-DOWNS-I G W ATWOOD

Expo provinciale de Montmagny Rouge et Blanc

August 22, 2014
Judge: Vincent Landry, Cookshire, Qc.

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Grand Champion – Blondin Mr Burns Laurence (Mr Burns), Carlos I Herrera, Ferme Blondin, Qc
Reserve Grand Champion- Blondin Artie Saphyr (Artie), Ferme Blondin
Honorable Mention – Fortale Barbwire Pomlie (Barwire), Desnette Holstein & Ferme Fortale Holstein

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Junior Champion- Sejane Camden Vania (Camden), Ferme Sejane Holstein & Michel Larrivee, Qc
Reserve Junior Champion – Bergeroy Reality Sofiana (Reality), Bergeroy Holstein inc, Qc
Honorable Mention – Larochelle Reality Sofija (Reality), Ferme Larochelle senc & Isabelle Morin, Qc

 

Junior Calf (7)

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1. Larochelle Artie Landy (Artie) ,Ferme Larochelle SENC, Qc
2. Cotopierre Sympatico Fiola Red (Sympatico), Ferme ST-Pierre er Fils, Qc
3. Jolibois Fidelity Aussie (Apple Imp), Ferme Rolandale enr, Qc
4. Jolibois Absolute Fantsay (Absolute), Ferme Rolandle Enr, Qc
5. Pierstein Apple Jacuzzi (Apple Imp), Kyle Demmer, Kyle Natzke, Pierre Boulet, Qc

Intermediate Calf (6)

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1. Larochelle Reality Sofija (Reality), Ferme Larochelle SENC & Isbelle Morin, Qc
2. Pierstein Ladd P Tempete (Ladd P), Pierre Boulet, Qc
3. Caniel Spagetti Chipper (Chipper), Ferme Drouin & Fils
4. Micheret Velra Brewin Red (Brewin), Ferme Micheret, Qc
5. Pierstein Ladd P Janik (Ladd P), Diamond Hill Farms & Pierre Boulet, Qc

Senior Calf (4)

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1. Larochelle Reality Sofiona (Reaity), Ferme Larochelle senc, Qc
2. Micheret Bellisa Aikman Red (Aikman), Ferme Micheret enr, Qc
3. Micheret Bellicima Aikman Red (Aikman), Ferme Micheret enr, Qc
4. Lookout Fancy (Redliner), Ferme Intense enr & Nelson Ziehlsdorff, Qc

Summer Yrlg (3)

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1. Bergeroy Reality Sofiana (Reality), Bergeroy Holstein inc, Qc
2. Quecy Picolo Dorena (Picolo), Jacques Roy, Qc
3. Larochelle Reality Sofiana (Reality), Ferme Larochelle senc, Qc

Junior Yrlg (2) 

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1. Roylier Ladd Lizianne (Ladd-P), Ferme Siljack inc., Jocelyn Roy & Sébastein Moffet, Qc
2. Au Vent Lili (Colt P), Ferme Dugouffre senc,Qc

Intermediate Yrlg (3)

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1. Sejane Camden Vania (Camden), Ferme Sejane Holstein & Michel Larrivee, Qc
2. Pierstein Colt Gold (Colt-P), Ferme Larochelle senc, Instinct Holstein & Isabelle Morin, Qc
3. Vioris Paisley (Red Rock), Ferme Larochelle Senc, Qc

Senior Yearling (3)

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1 . JOLIBOIS FLORA CONTENDER , Propriété élevée, FERME ROLANDALE ENR
2. JOLIBOIS FLORE CONTENDER , FERME ROLANDALE ENR
3. JOLIBOIS FLORALIE CONTENDER , FERME ROLANDALE ENR

Junior Breeder

1. FERME ROLANDALE ENR (JOLIBOIS)
2. FERME LAROCHELLE S.E.N.C (LAROCHELLE)
3. PIERRE BOULET (PIERSTEIN)

Junior Exhibitor

1. FERME ROLANDALE ENR
2. FERME LAROCHELLE S.E.N.C
3. FERME MICHERET INC

Premier Junior Sire

1. HURTGEN-VUE REALITY-RED
2. PATIENCE SHOWLINE CONTENDER
3. TIGER-LILY LADD P-RED-ET

Junior 2 Year Old

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1. FORTALE BARBWIRE POMLIE,  Best udder Best Bred & Owned, DESNETTE HOLSTEIN, FERME FORTALE HOLSTEIN INC
2. MAXILE ABSOLUTE ROUDY , FERME KAMLAKE, FERME MAXI ENR

Senior 2 Year Old

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1. WILLOW-MARSH SUNDANCE-RED – Best udder, FERME BLONDIN
2. PIERSTEIN REDMAN JAVA , Best Bred & Owned, DIAMOND HILL FARMS, PIERRE BOULET
3. JOLIBOIS CONTENDER FEATHER RED , FERME ROLANDALE ENR
4. LOASIS FRONTRUNNER LOVER , FERME LOASIS ENR

Junior 3 Year Old

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1. BLONDIN ARTIE SAPHYR – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, FERME BLONDIN

Senior 3 Year Old

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1. BELLE CHASSE BREAKER TOMATE  – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, GERARD LALIBERTE & FILS
2. BELLE CHASSE SHIRAZ THANK YOU , GERARD LALIBERTE & FILS

5 Year old

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1. RUTI M BURNS SAVANA  – Best udder, NICOLAS LAFLAMME

Mature Cow

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1. BLONDIN MR BURNS LAURENCE – Best udder Best Bred & Owned, CARLOS I HERRERA, FERME BLONDIN

Breeder Banner

1. FERME ROLANDALE ENR (JOLIBOIS)
2. PIERRE BOULET (PIERSTEIN)
3. FERME LAROCHELLE S.E.N.C (LAROCHELLE)

Banner Exhibitor

1. FERME ROLANDALE ENR
2. FERME LAROCHELLE S.E.N.C
3. FERME BLONDIN

Premier Sire

1. PATIENCE SHOWLINE CONTENDER
2. DUDOC MR BURNS
3. HURTGEN-VUE REALITY-RED