One of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Master Breeder Award, understood the longevity and efficiency of the Ayrshire cow a long time ago. They aimed to produce superior Ayrshire genetics, through focusing on high milk yields and sound conformation traits, and therefore have bred animals that excel in both conformation and production; qualities that take years of breeding and dedication to achieve. Bordered by Maple bush, fields, pastures and rivers; Mapleburn Farms Reg’d is a beautiful family run business that is situated in the foothills of the picturesque Laurentian region of Quebec. It has been the home of the McOuat’s since its purchase in 1832 and this site has been the home of the Mapleburn herd since the first purebred Ayrshire calf was purchased in 1890. The Mapleburn partnership of Forbes, James and William McOuat, as it is known today, was formed in 1990. This partnership took measures to ensure the progression of their herd by implementing an effective breeding program that met the needs of their conformation and production standards. This partnership has never been apprehensive to try something new, providing they felt it would be advantageous to the improvement of their herd, and most of all, for the Ayrshire Breed. Mapleburn has had great success in the exhibition circuit in recent years. Since 1999, Mapleburn has had an astounding 36 All-Canadian nominations. The strength of Mapleburn is and always will be the individuals who run it. Each partner brings with him his own unique and individual qualities that contribute to the success of this operation. Unfortunately, Mapleburn suffered a great loss this past November with the passing of Forbes McOuat. Those privileged enough to have known Forbes, knew him as a gentleman with a great passion for the Ayrshire cow. During his 79 years as a farmer, Forbes had many accomplishments. During this time, Forbes made improvements and expansions to his existing facilities in order to improve labor efficiency, and most of all to make room for his expanding herd and family. Forbes’ work boots will never be replaced, and his knowledge will be greatly missed. However, with a new generation coming on the farm, Mapleburn has a bright and prosperous future for the years ahead.