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2014 Canada-Australia exchange winner selected

Published on 28 October 2013

Roxanne Montplaisir of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, will represent Canada on the 2014 Young Adult Australia Exchange, according to sponsors Holstein Canada and Semex.

“Roxanne’s knowledge of the Canadian dairy industry and hands-on experience working with dairy cattle, as well as her enthusiasm, passion and leadership abilities make her a fantastic ambassador of the Canadian dairy industry,” says Holstein Canada’s CEO Ann Louise Carson.

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{socialbuttons}Montplaisir grew up on a family dairy farm, Ferme Monyka, where she is still actively involved. She also is employed full-time by Valacta as a dairy production advisor and works part-time as the marketing and communications coordinator for Eastside Holsteins in PEI.

A graduate of the Université de Laval with a degree in agricultural science, Montplaisir was involved in many university clubs and committees, including the judging team and the animal science club. She also was involved with Québec’s Rural Youth Organization, the Association des jeunes ruraux du Québec for 17 years, serving as president for two years at the provincial level and at the national level as a member of 4-H Canada’s Youth Advisory Committee for three years. Additionally, she worked as a summer intern for La Coopérative Fédérée and Centre d’insémination artificielle du Québec.

“I feel extremely fortunate to be selected to represent Canada's dairy youth in Australia and to have the chance to meet many passionate industry and genetic enthusiasts to discuss the various issues in the dairy industry,” Montplaisir says. “I hope to expand my knowledge in agriculture and take in as much of the dynamic Australian dairy industry as I can.”

Montplaisir will spend about three months working on leading Holstein farms and artificial breeding centers in Australia, beginning in January at Australia's International Dairy Week and continuing through March.  PD

—From Holstein Canada and Semex news release

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