The fam­ily that grows to­gether…

The Glengarry News - - Classified­s - News

BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

Staff When Gae­tan and So­nia Martin learned that two of their chil­dren wanted to come back home to work on the fam­ily dairy farm, they knew that they had to ex­pand.

So in May of last year, they de­cided to up­grade the old tie-stall barn – where they milked 61 cows – in favour of a newer fa­cil­ity.

Last Satur­day, they in­vited the gen­eral pub­lic to come out and view the brand new free-stall barn, which fea­tures two milk­ing par­lours and is al­most 24,000 square feet in size.

Mrs. Martin says the new barn cost $2.7 mil­lion but it was nec­es­sary if their chil­dren want to be the fourth gen­er­a­tion in a row to look after the fam­ily farm, also known as Martville Farms.

“Our daugh­ter, Chanelle, who stud­ied vet tech, said she wanted to come home and work here,” says Mrs. Martin. “She says she missed the cows. As soon as she said that, our youngest son, Jeremie, said he wanted to come home too. So we knew we had to ex­pand. We couldn’t feed three fam­i­lies with 61 cows.”

The big­ger barn al­lows for the milk­ing of 101 cows. Mrs. Martin says the new system is much eas­ier on the body be­cause you no longer have to bend over to milk the cows. Satur­day’s open house was held partly at the re­quest of the barn’s builder, Syl­vain Ch­eff of Rus­sell, but also be­cause the Martins wanted to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about dairy pro­duc­tion.

“A lot of dairy pro­duc­ers are go­ing with robots,” she ex­plains. “But we de­cided to go with the milk­ing par­lour.”

The Martins are in the process of buy­ing more quota.

STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON PHOTO

OPEN BARN: Gae­tan and So­nia Martin are sur­rounded by their chil­dren, Jeremie, Ju­lianne, Benoit, and Chanelle, out­side their new free stall barn near Moose Creek on Satur­day af­ter­noon. About 1,000 peo­ple at­tended the open house at the fa­cil­ity.

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