At the end of February, the Holstein Club of Huntingdon-Ormstown-Beauharnois (HOB) hosted its annual Breeder’s Cup Awards. Animals from Ferme Bri-Mer placed in the top five in three categories, on top of winning the “Vache Coup de Coeur” award.
Ferme Bri-Mer is an Ormstown dairy farm which is run by Betty Mercier, Emmanuel Brisson, and Véronique Brisson. “We are milking 65 cows and feed around 100 head in total. We are a family-operated, third-generation operation and just moved into a new free-stall facility for the cows,” explains Véronique Brisson.
Ferme Bri-Mer enters their cows in the Breeder’s Cup each year. “For us it is a friendly competition where we can exhibit some of our best animals all while having fun,” explains Brisson. This year, they placed very well in multiple categories: third in the 1st Lactation category with Brismer Master Moka VG-86 2Y; fifth in the 2nd Lactation category with Brismer Crushabull Sansa VG-86; and fourth in the Progeny of Dam category with Brismer Cinderdoor Alabama VG. “They are all young cows who have a bright future, in our opinion,” says Brisson.
Winning the “Vache Coup de Cœur” award was particularly exciting for Brisson. “This award means a lot for us, as the cow who won, Alpha, is the ideal cow in our eyes. We are working a lot with her and some of her daughters to base our herd around and build a gold foundation for the future.”
Soon, you will be able to see Bri-Mer’s cows at the Ormstown Fair. Brisson emphasizes that “For us it’s always an occasion to speak with other breeders around and have fun.” They compete each year at the fair and are hoping to bring some heifers this year as well.