We’ve been working on this project for two years and now we’ve been really into it for a month. , summarizes the young woman of 26 years.
The past year, for new farmers, has been very intense. Between grant applications, paperwork, hay production and the construction of new facilities to house dairy cows, the couple has been busy.
It was a very big project, to be present seven days a week, it was very hard physically, manages to say laughing Maxime Plante, 31 years old.
This accomplishment will have required an investment of approximately 2 million dollars in order to adapt to dairy production facilities initially planned for cattle breeding.
Fortunately, the couple knew how to surround themselves well, benefiting from the solidarity of several volunteers, including other farmers.
” In agriculture, it’s a close-knit community, we get help from a lot of other producers and that’s good. »
The start-up of new dairy production remains, all in all, infrequent. According to the Federation of the UPA Gaspésie-Les Îles, the last dates back, in the region, to 2012.
The arrival of new producers is therefore very well received in the region.
It’s always good news. It is certain that we lose some almost every year. A new (producer), it gives a little life, encouragement. It sows, a little, the seed for those who have aspirations to go into dairy production , believes Normand Barriault, representative of the Regional Committee of Gaspésie and Islands Milk Producers.
Adapt to the rhythm of the farm
The daily life of an agricultural producer is not relaxing.
After 8 a.m., we think we have the day off, but in the end, we do all the unforeseen things that come along. We stop at 4 a.m. At 4:30 a.m., we start the evening milking again!, describes Marie-Eve Cyr.
The couple has nevertheless adapted very well to the rhythm of their new farm since the arrival of the herd on December 18.
” I have already asked Maxime: “Are you happy?” He said “yes!” We did what we wanted. It is an accomplishment. »
With 38 milking cows and an average production of 1,492 liters of milk every two days, the two producers are already thinking bigger.
It is sure that there, we have 32 kg [de gras par jour], but the project is 50 kg. We want to get to 50 kg, this is our first goal , supports Marie-Eve Cyr.
The newcomers have understood what it takes to embark on such an adventure.
” You have to have a wicked good head on your shoulders. You have to have leads. »
You have to be decided , concludes the co-owner. You also have to have a vocation, which Maxime Plante and Marie-Eve Cyr undoubtedly have.
Based on the report by Roxanne Langlois