Two of the four finalists in the annual DFC Sustainability Awards are both DeLaval VMS customers, Dairy Framers of Canada announced on June 5th. The winning farm will be announced on July 17th at the DFC’s Annual General Meeting in Fredricton, New Brunswick, Canada.

This year’s finalists are:

  • Wietze and Natalie Dykstra, Dykstra Farms, (Knowlesville, New Brunswick)
  • Stéphane, Claude and Ginette Robert, Ferme Clobert Inc. (Saint-Bonaventure, Quebec)
  • Bill Vanderkooi, Bakerview EcoDairy (Abbotsford, British Columbia)
  • Korb & Kelly, and Korb’s parents Bruce & Deborah Whale (Alma, Ontario)

The Bakerview EcoDairy in British Columbia and the Clovermead farm in Ontario both feature DeLaval VMS robotic milking systems.

The Dairy Farm Sustainability Award recognizes Canadian dairy farmers who have adopted farm management practices that go beyond standard industry norms in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting efficient and sustainable management of natural resources, and benchmarking the socio-economic performance of Canadian dairy farms.

The finalists are acknowledged as innovators and leaders in their communities. On top of using the common measures that farmers have been using on their farms for decades, these farmers find their own ways to improve the social, environmental and economic impact of dairy farming in Canada. DeLaval Canada sponsors the annual Dairy Farm Sustainability Award.

The overall winner will receive a prize of $2000, a trophy and a trip to receive the award in person. Runners up will each receive a prize of $1000.

“We are pleased to take the opportunity of Environment Week to present the award to the four finalists,” says Wally Smith, DFC president. “This year again, we have farmers who have shown innovative management practices which we want to share with all Canadians. This award recognizes the dedication of these farmers towards sustainable farming and they are among the best environmental stewards in our country.”

Dairy Farmers of Canada is a self-funding national policy, lobbying and promotional organization and represents the owners and managers of over 12,500 Canadian dairy farms. The organization was originally founded in 1934.