Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2016 Regional Award Winner

My Pride Farm

Mike Visser dreamed of starting his own farm, but he couldn’t afford the land prices in Southern Ontario. So the Kemptville College grad looked north to Thunder Bay where he found a demand for locally produced meat and a plentiful supply of bull calves from the dairy farm sector. He began with four calves, marketing the veal through the Thunder Bay Country Market, local stores, restaurants and farm gate sales. Today, the operation has grown to 145 calves and also includes meat rabbits. In addition to improving local food access in northern Ontario and supporting the local economy, Visser is proving that cattle farming in the North is both possible and profitable.

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