Patrice Biron

Patrice Biron built his solid reputation in the world of Holstein cattle as a confident, ambitious farmer from Quebec where he has been a catalyst for change, adapting to the accelerated rhythm of the agricultural industry there. After 1967, when Mr. Biron bought the home farm in St. Agapit, Lotbinière County, QC, following apprenticing in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, he and his spouse Réjeanne, converted from a crossbred to a purebred herd.

Mr. Biron progressed to ownership of one of the better purebred herds in the Province of Quebec, earning the designation of Master Breeder in 1988. He held the highest BCA record in the Lotbinière Holstein Club annually for seven years and has shipped breeding stock to AI units around the world.

Patrice was selected in 1977, by the Quebec government, as recipient of the Gold Medal Award for Agricultural Merit, the highest honour available to an agriculturist in Quebec government.

For many years, Patrice Biron served on several committees, held directorships and served in executive positions in the Holstein associations of Lotbinière, Quebec, and Canada, becoming president in each. He is an Honourary Member of the Holstein Association of America.

As an exhibitor, M. Biron has captured many honours in the show ring, being named Premier Exhibitor and Premier Breeder at St. Agapit, Ormstown Expo, Expo Quebec and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. 

Patrice Biron has judged Holstein and Brown Swiss cattle at major shows in Canada, including the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, as well as shows in France, Belgium, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina.

Patrice has traveled to South America, Europe and Africa promoting Canadian Holsteins.

Locally, Mr. Biron is in charge of student training for Agriculture Technology Institutes at St-Hyacinthe, la Pocatière and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu College. He also has been active in the agricultural society at Lotbinière, the St Agapit Co-operative, the Union of Catholic Farmers, the Farm Debt Review Board; as well as church and family activities. Since 1996, Patrice Biron has owned a maple tree farm, La Cabane a Ti-Pat, St Nicolas, QC.

Patrice Biron was the first president of the Quebec Agricultural Hall of Fame, serving from 1991 to 1999, and was himself inducted into that Hall in 2001. He has earned a place in the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Nominated By:
  • Banque Nationale du Canada
  • Brown Swiss Club
  • Holstein Canada