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RIGHT All-Canadian Senior three year old, Aingers Advent Bambi EX94, is one of the herd’s current favourites.


FAR RIGHT Herdsman Richard


Villeneuve is pictured with Aingers Advent Bambi when she was crowned the Intermediate Champion at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. Richard has been with Blondin for 10 years.


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Aside from North America, what other countries do you receive regular enquiries from? In the last year we have sold embryos to the UK, Australia, Austria, Italy, Germany, USA, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, France, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, Sweden, Finland and more.


Blondin co-manage the Sale of Stars at the Royal Winter Fair with Brian Craswell Auctions Ltd, how many years have you been doing this and how did this opportunity arise?


This year will be the fourth year we have managed the Sale of Stars with Brian Craswell Auctions and also the two years before that we were managing the sale with different partners.


You co-manage a number of other high profile sales including International Intrigue, Blondin-Sicard and the Best of Both Worlds sale – how do you fit all this in as well as running the farm?


It is always a busy time at Blondin, but that’s how we enjoy it. We love this industry, it is our passion. And when we are involved in shows and sales along with flushing and genomics, it creates a lot of excitement! We love sharing this passion with other breeders from around the world and the sales are another extension of this.


How many staff do you have working on the farm? There are 12 of us at Ferme Blondin.


QA&


When you are buying cows to add to the herd, what key attributes do you look for?


When investing in a new animal we always look at the animal herself to see if she fits with our breeding program. We discuss what our goals for the animal will be, whether it is for show,


breeding or genomics. We check out the pedigree to see if it is something that we may not have yet in the herd. Cow families are very important for us; we like to see those consistent cow families and deep pedigrees for multiple generations.


Is there a particular event that you think put Ferme Blondin on the map? We don’t believe there is just one specific event. We think it is a combination of things we have been doing and working on over time - being consistent and active each year. Whether it is major shows, hosting the Intrigue sale or breeding and selling cows, there is always something happening here at Blondin.


What advice would you give to youngsters who aspire to be as successful as Blondin?


Find your passion! If you truly love what you do every day it won’t feel like a job, it will be your passion and you’ll love waking up to do it! Be consistent about what you want to achieve and work towards your goals and your passion. Work hard at it every day. Having a target to work towards will help in achieving those goals.


ABOVE MIDDLE Blondin Redman Seisme is from the Supras which is a flagship cow family at Blondin. This great cow has won many accolades including All-Canadian R&W Mature Cow in 2012, 2011 and 2010; Grand R&W at World Dairy Expo in 2012 and 2010; Grand R&W at the Royal Winter Fair in 2012, 2011 and 2010.


ABOVE High genomic Shottle daughter Val-Bisson Shottle Imelda VG89 is the dam of top genomic sire Doorman. Since taking ownership of her in February 2012, Blondin have received a great amount of interest in this intriguing female.


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