Neebing’s Slate River Dairy, outside Thunder Bay, is being recognized as among the best in Ontario agriculture.
The family farm received an Excellence in Agriculture, Honourable Mention Award by Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman for its modified European butter churn that can simultaneously churn butter and pasteurize milk.
This one-of-a-kind innovation reduces the amount of wasted product while increasing sales by 29 per cent and maintaining strict adherence to Canadian food safety standards.
"Our butters and buttermilk are favour¬ites among our customers who love to cook with wholesome, top-quality dairy products," said Wilma Mol, co-founder of Slate River Dairy in a July 5 provincial government news release.
Hardeman called Ontario's agri-food sector “a driving force for innovation and economic growth” in province.
"Innovators like Slate River Dairy are always pushing boundaries and expanding economic opportunities and value-added products. I especially like how this technology is reducing waste and improving technology in our agri-food sector."
The Excellence in Agriculture Awards recognizes agri-food businesses and people who demonstrate excellence, develop products, and show leadership and innovation that benefits the entire industry.