The Order of Agronomists of Quebec awarded Dr. Hélène Lapierre (AAFC), Steve Adam (Valacta) and Julie Baillargeon (Valacta) for their contributions to advancing dairy research and extension. The awards were delivered at their annual conference in Sherbrooke, Quebec held on September 21-22, 2017.
Award of Merit for Agronomy
Dr. Hélène Lapierre, AAFC Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre
Dr. Lapierre has close to 30 years experience as a research scientist at AAFC working with dairy cows. One of her major achievements was to develop unique insights into how nitrogen is used by dairy cows. Nitrogen is an important part of a cow’s diet because it is the key component of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. The findings of the research will help improve the formulation models used to develop feed rations for dairy cows. The new formulations, which will cut the protein content of the rations, will increase revenues for dairy farms while reducing releases of pollutants into the environment.
The results of her research over her career have been published in 136 scientific articles, 19 scientific reviews and book chapters and 206 scientific oral presentations and posters.
Medals of Distinction for Agronomy
Steve Adam, Dairy Production Expert on Animal Comfort, Behaviour and Well-being, Valacta and Julie Baillargeon, Technology Transfer and Research Project Coordinator, Valacta
Steve Adam and Julie Baillargeon were awarded the medal of distinction for agronomy in recognition of their exceptional work in the context of a training program on animal comfort. The Barn, A source of comfort was developed to explain the importance of animal comfort for dairy cattle and provide dairy producers with knowledge and practical solutions to apply in their barns.
Together, Steve and Julie surveyed, reviewed and translated the most pertinent research results to develop the program. Much of the research involved dairy farms in Quebec and Canada, with projects financed in large part under the Dairy Research Cluster.
The program and information received wide coverage: it was accessed in 26 countries and to date, their videos were viewed over 20,000 times. Moreover, they were an integral part of a team in partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada that adapted the program into a series of six webinars (3 english and 3 french) and delivered the information to dairy producers across the country.
Congratulations to our colleagues for their outstanding achievements!