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LeCocq receives Cottington dairy award

ST. CLOUD — The Minnesota Milk Producers Association has recognized Bob LeCocq as the 2013 recipient of the Bruce Cottington Friend of Dairy Award.

The presentation was made Dec. 3 during the Midwest Dairy Expo in St. Cloud.

In 2006, Minnesota Milk Producers awarded the first ever Friend of Dairy award to Bruce Cottington of Litchfield for his lifelong dedication and service to Minnesota dairy farmers. Since then, the name of the award has been changed in honor of Cottington’s name and legacy.

LeCocq was raised on a 40-cow dairy in east-central Minnesota. He helps dairy families be profitable through the use of sound strategic plans and executing them with their team. Many in southeastern Minnesota have experienced this first-hand through his 33 plus years of service to AgStar Financial Services.

LeCocq has served as a member and co-chair of the Department of Agriculture dairy profitability team, as a finance committee member for the Professional Dairy Calf and Heifer Association and as a founding committee member of the Southeast Minnesota Ag-Alliance.

“The analytical thought and expertise Bob brings to Minnesota Milk’s Membership Committee is a true asset to Minnesota dairy farmers,” stated Bob Lefebvre, executive director with Minnesota Milk. “His commitment toward building a stronger future for Minnesota dairy farmers is just one of the many reasons why he deserves this award.”