Founded in 1948, CIAQ is the only bovine semen production centre in Québec. CIAQ employs 320 dedicated people who strive to meet the genetic improvement needs in the herds of dairy and beef producers. CIAQ is owned by three groups of Québec producers, the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, or FPLQ (milk producers), the Conseil québécois des races laitières inc., or CQRL (breed associations), and the Conseil provincial des cercles d'amélioration du bétail inc. or CPCAB (breeding clubs).
Our famous Hanoverhill Starbuck passed away at the venerable age 19 years and four months. After he was retired, he lived in the CIAQ barns where several of his descendants are housed today.
(Information as of December 31, 2008)
- Legal status: Limited Partnership
- Owners: three groups of Québec producers each owning one-third of the shares: the Fédération des producteurs de lait du Québec, or FPLQ (milk producers), the Conseil québécois des races laitières inc., or CQRL (breed associations), and the Conseil provincial des cercles d'amélioration du bétail inc., or CPCAB (breeding clubs).
- Province of Québec
- Province of Nova Scotia by virtue of an agreement ratified in 1986
- Major investment: 45% ownership in The Semex Alliance
- Total of 320 employees, including 195 A.I. technicians
- Total of 845 sires housed and fed for the year as follows:
- 535 metric tons of dry hay; 3,775 of hay silage
- 4,230 metric tons of corn silage and 160 of feed grain and supplements
- Total of 31,448 individual health tests done during the year by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Semen inventory: 12,993,493 doses
- Total number of doses produced to date: 157,000,000(1)
3450 Sicotte Street
Surface of 6,94 hectares
Urban sector, included in the non-agricultural zone of the Act to Preserve Agricultural Land
Maximum housing capacity: 257 bulls
Buildings built from 1948 to 1990 include:
- One main building (headquarter offices, collection area, laboratory and semen storage area)
- Nine farm buildings
- One garage and one workshop
875 Laurier Boulevard
Surface of 27.19 hectares, including eight of farmland
Agricultural sector: included in the agricultural zone of the Act to Preserve Agricultural Land
Maximum housing capacity: 787 bulls
Building built from 1985 to 2008 include:
- One main building (offices, a collection area and a regular semen production laboratory)
- One wing with a research and semen production laboratory leased to L’Alliance Boviteq
- 18 barns
- One storage building for feed
- One storage building for machinery and litter
- One manure platform measuring 5,856 m2 with a storage capacity of 10,320 m3 of manure
(1) An estimation was made for the years when liquid semen was used.
CIAQ, the only bovine semen production centre in Québec!