Our story begins in Centre-du-Québec, in 1986, when a number of dairy farmers decided to change their production methods. They wanted to work in an environmentally friendly way and treat the land as a living organism. In other words, they wanted to farm organically. After a certain amount of trial and error, seminars, site visits and group discussions, they were able to fine-tune what they had learned and improve their techniques.
The group completely changed all of their usual farming techniques. They tried treating their cows with alternative medicines, changing the way they bred their calves, using compost and eco-friendly manure and rotating their crops. Their daily activities were now in harmony with the environment.
This is when the ten founding members of the group decided to get together and create L’Ancêtre. What was their goal? To promote organic milk in a very special way: instead of using conventional methods, they would turn organic milk into organic cheese.
In this way, after several years of hard work and perseverance, an organic cheddar made from unpasteurized milk went on sale in the fall of 1993. The products became so popular that, in 1996, this group of dairy farmers built L’Ancêtre Cheese Factory. Our story proves that cooperation and perseverance are the key to success.
Since 1992, L’Ancêtre Cheese Factory has proudly displayed the Québec Vrai and Biologique Canada/Canada Organic certification labels, which guarantee that our Canadian butters and cheeses are all organic.
These products, which are free of chemical residues, promote your well-being as well as that of farm workers, animals and the environment.