"The big challenge in my work is to achieve good results with animals. Animals don't talk so they can't tell you if they have problems. I have to figure it out."
The agri-food industry accounts for about 8.5% of the Canadian Gross Domestic Product.
spite of all the technological advances the industry has seen, farming
is still deeply rooted in nature. This aspect is what drew Valérie Houle
towards a career in agriculture. She was looking for work where she could
connect with nature and experience the seasons. Her job as a dairy farmer
met all her expectations.
Did you know? More than 98% of all farms in Canada are family owned and operated.
Valérie knows that women have always been involved in agriculture but it's only now that women are taking their place as fully-paid workers, partners and even owners of agricultural enterprises. This is certainly a break with tradition and one that Valérie hopes will encourage more and more women to take their place in this field.
is responsible for all aspects of her cows. But it's the genetics part
of her work that especially fascinates her. She is in charge of artificial
insemination. She firmly believes that the secret to increased milk production
lies in improved genetics.
Education: DEC in Agricultural Techniques
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, mountain biking and snowshoeing