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TRIBUTE TO MR. FRANK WATERSON

Frank started farming at just a young age and, after graduating high school, he decided to stay at home and farm alongside his father Frank Sr. In 1994, Frank and his wife Anna purchased the farm and went on to be the third generation to continue on with the Braefield prefix.

He has always been a very active member of the New Brunswick and Atlantic Ayrshire Clubs, holding the President and Secretary positions for many years. He also held the position of National Director for the Atlantic Provinces for Ayrshire Canada.

Frank started showing Ayrshires at their local shows in 1970, bringing home many Champion cows and banners, and has also judged some shows. He passed his love of Ayrshires and showing cattle onto all three of his daughters. Looking through old photo albums, there are many pictures of him in the barn with the girls and training calves at the young age of 3. As the girls got older, he helped them pick out quality 4-H calves and taught them the ropes of clipping and ethics of the show ring. Even during cropping going on at home during the busy show season, he always found time to sneak away and make it ring side to support the girls as they showed. He always takes time to stop and talk to everyone at the shows, whether it be about the weather, forage or life, but the conversations would always come back to cows. When talking to fellow Ayrshire breeders about Frank receiving this Award, it was easy to tell it was well deserved. To quote one breeder: “I really got to know Frank when I started showing at the Maritime Winter Fair in Moncton. He was always willing to help me anyway he could, whether it be with advice, feed or equipment. It was at that time he taught me a valuable lesson, that it is great to win, but it is more important for the breed to help one another and make sure every breeder’s animal shows at their best.” - Garnet Schellen. “Over the years, while holding the position of Atlantic Director representing the Maritimes, it was always great to get Frankie’s input on what was going on at the national level. Whether it was at an Atlantic meeting or chatting over the phone, he always had good constructive questions to ask, never complained. It wasn’t hard to tell that his love for the Ayrshire Breed ran deep. Always a pleasure to discuss or work on different subjects over the years.” - Peter Rossiter.

Over the years, his hard work and dedication to the breed have paid off in more ways than one. He has earned many production and low somatic cell count awards, has been in the top10 for New Brunswick producers for milk quality for 20+ years, and also been the New Brunswick Dairy Producer of the Year 9 times. He has also bred many EX cows and received his first Master Breeder shield from Ayrshire Canada in 2011.

On behalf of all your family and friends, Frank, we would like to congratulate you on this prestigious Award!


TRIBUTE TO MR. GEORGES-AIMÉ LAVOIE 

Georges-Aimé was born in 1943 on the family farm where he grew up, the Ferme République located in Saint-Basile, NB. The oldest of a family of 8 children, he actively took part in the farm work throughout his childhood. Following his studies at the village’s Agricultural School, he entered the work market, as his father could still count on the help of his 5 younger brothers at the farm.

In 1967, Georges-Aimé married Céline Clavette, a young lady from Rivière-Verte. Their son, Mario, was born two years later, and Lyne and Sylvain followed soon after. It is in 1980, exactly 100 years after the founding of the farming business by his grandfather, that Georges-Aimé decided to leave his job of 15 years at Fraser Paper, a pulp and paper mill located in Madawaska, Maine, to return home. His love of the land and the animals was – and still is – much alive.  With his wife, he undertook the continuity of the family farm.

Initially, he focused on improving the infrastructures and the machinery to accelerate the business growth. He decided to build a new barn in 1981, one that was considered state-of-the-art at that time. To deal with the challenge that such a significant investment represented, he chose to increase the milk production per cow and buy additional quota. To achieve this, he improved the herd’s feeding and reproduction, and opted for milk recording.

Beside his numerous daily chores, Georges-Aimé loved to participate every year in the Madawaska Regional Show. As part of this event, the Lavoie were named “Farm Family of the Year” in 1982 and in 1995. He also took part, on several occasions, to the Provincial Show in Fredericton, the Charlottetown Show in PEI, the Rimouski Show, the Québec Show, the St-Hyacinthe Spring Show, the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, and the World Dairy Fair in Madison, Wisconsin.

Georges-Aimé also had at heart to improve the quality of his herd. In 1985, he was awarded a distinctive honour, the Best Herd Average across all breeds in New Brunswick. He received, as well, an award for Most Improved medium-sized herd in New Brunswick. He also won, from the New Brunswick Milk Marketing Board, the prize for Highest Composite BCA (30-49 heads). And, in 1988, the Farm won the Best National Average of kilograms of milk per cow per year in the Ayrshire breed, with an average of 8,059 kg and a composite BCA of 228.

To be more economically efficient, he installed, in 1990, a computerized feed grain distribution system as well two silos to store the grain. In 1994, changes were also made to allow the distribution of round hay bales inside the barn.

After 30 years of devoted work, Georges-Aimé decided to hand down the business to his son, Mario. Thus, in 2009, Mario took over the family farm and, consequently, became the fourth consecutive generation to own it.

In 2010, at the New Brunswick Dairy Producers’ Annual Meeting event, the Ferme République received an award for their milk quality. On the national level, they also received, in 2012, the Master Breeder Award from the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association of Canada, a great source of pride for Georges-Aimé, Céline, and Mario.

In conclusion, Georges-Aimé spent a good part of his life working with the Ayrshire breed, with much pride and compassion. These days, he is still very active on the farm, feeding the calves, caring for the animals, driving the tractor, and helping during the harvest season or with field work, among others. Georges-Aimé is always available to give a hand to his son, Mario. The farm is part of him, and always will be.


TRIBUTE TO ANNE SPAULL

Anne Spaull grand parents started the El Carmen Farm in Warren, Ontario in the North Bay region in 1912.  In the beginning horses, Shorthorns and sheep were present on the farm.  Anne’s parents took over the farm in 1935 then the farm was shipping cream and milking by hand. In 1936, they put in a gasoline operated generator to run a 2-unit milking system switched to putting a can of whole milk on the train to Sudbury, and began buying Ayrshires. A devastating TB Test in 1943 took 56 head and hastened the end of the Shorthorns. After the war they pioneered the switch to tractors, balers, and combines in this community. They built a big dairy stable in 1965 and a 24’ x 70’ silo in 1973. At one time the farm was the largest operation around with 250 head, ½ Ayrshires and ½ a variety of European beef breeds.

From childhood Anne had two main ambitions: to farm and to breed Ayrshire cattle!  Anne learned to read with the Ayrshire Review and the Beatty Barn Book. Her favourite play things were calves which she named and taught to lead. ‘Daisy’, a beautiful Ayrshire heifer the colour of today’s Swedish lines, was born in 1945 and it she grew up to be classified VG, give a very respectable amount of milk for her day, and live to 15!

After seven years at school in England, which included some downhill ski racing in Switzerland, Anne returned to the farm.  She brought the registrations up to date, which her had lagged, and took a big interest in the breeding programme. She competed in the early Dairy Princess competitions, winning in 1959.  Following in her father’s footsteps, who was always active at all levels of the old Milk Producers’ League and the Farm Safety Council, Anne was the first female Director on the O.A.A.S, and was possibly the first female President of Ayrshire Ontario in the early 1960’s.  She also spent 20 years on and off Municipal Council and several years as secretary of the local Golden Age Club. Recently a member of the Warren Lions’ Club joining her husband Ejnar.

Ejnar and Anne took over the farm in 1989.  Over the years they developed a very close and rewarding relationship.  Their crowning achievement was the development of a beautiful Ayrshire herd with tremendous potential.  Heifers of El Carmen herd have done very well both in Canada and in the States.                   

Fate still had some surprises for us: Anne’s parents both died in 1997.  For the first time ever there was just one couple, doing things their own way, on the place, older generations had always remained after the take-over of the next one  In August, 1999 the big stable went up in flames, a terrible shock.

With help of neighbours, friends and other producers, they built a lovely little stable and changed from small square bales to 39” round bales.  For the next ten years Anne and Ejnar farmed largely on their own, employing someone periodically to clean pens.

In 2008 Anne got hurt, a 600-lb calf rammed her against a door frame seriously damaging her back, and she could no longer milk regularly, thereby being forced to hire someone.  In 2009, Anne and Ejnar faced the truth that they were past continuing a full time operation and sold the herd and quota.

Ayrshire is happy to award as Honorary Life Member Mrs Anne Spaull.

Sinceres congratulations!

 
 

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