Ontario semen producers come to the rescue

When a Quebec stud barn burned down on Christmas Eve, and with it 361 boars, the owner turned to Ontario semen suppliers for help – and they came through


A fire on Christmas Eve at a stud barn and processing lab in Saint Lambert, Que., wiped out 361 boars and put Quebec’s CIPQ Inc. in the position of having to find an immediate supplier of semen.

They turned to five Ontario semen producers and they did it with a phone call to Total Swine Genetics manager Stuart DeVries. He got the first call at 7:30 on Christmas morning. The first load of semen was delivered five days later on Thursday, Dec. 30.

Better Farming - May 2011