Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence


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2010 Regional Award Winner

 

Van Mar Farms Ltd. - Chatham-Kent County

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John and Mike Buis, Pat Hoy

John and Mike Buis, Pat Hoy

Mike Buis is always thinking creatively about how to do things better. When BSE was discovered in a Canadian cow in 2003, he really got creative by changing the way he ran his beef feedlot operation. Beef farms are few and far between in his part of the province, because the land is so highly valued. Buis gets the most out of his land by using a double-cropping system that incorporates high-value vegetables and forage crops, and allows for pasturing during part of the year. It's a unique way of doing business that has substantially reduced his feed costs, makes use of otherwise wasted vegetable material, and has helped his farm not only survive but thrive in the post-BSE years.


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