What education are you bringing with you to this position?
I graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Science, honors in animal biology and a minor in agriculture, in June 2015. In 2013, I also completed an equine science certificate through the University of Guelph.
Please describe your agricultural background.
I was raised on a dairy farm in Beausejour, Manitoba, and was involved in many aspects of the farm. I was also a very active 4-H member and worked at a mixed veterinary clinic. My agricultural background was further developed at the University of Guelph, particularly by participating in the dairy challenge in my final year.
What territory will you cover?
I will be servicing the Grey and Bruce counties [Ontario].
What are your new responsibilities?
My new responsibilities are to develop relationships with producers by supporting on-farm decisions, aiding them to be more efficient and profitable. This includes ensuring their rations are balanced with the highest quality of feeds available.
What previous positions have you held?
Throughout university, I worked at a small animal clinic as a veterinary assistant, as well as worked as a stable hand at an equine boarding facility. Upon graduation, I was a dairy research assistant at New-Life Mills, completing two research trials, evaluating New-Life Mills transition cow programs and formulating for amino acids instead of crude protein.
Who has made the biggest impact on your career?
My father has made the biggest impact on my career because of his great passion, hard work and determination for agriculture. From a young age, he allowed me to be involved in various aspects of the dairy operation, which developed my work ethic and passion. My father has taught me many values and life lessons, and one day I hope to become as successful as he is.
How will you be of most help to producers in your region or area of expertise?
Regular farm visits will allow me to apply my knowledge, experience and resources while aiding producers in various ways.
Why did you choose this company?
I chose New-Life Mills as they are a growing company and a leader in animal nutrition. The team at New-Life Mills is very knowledgeable and friendly, which creates an excellent atmosphere to work and grow in.
What goals would you like to accomplish while in this position?
The agricultural industry is changing in many ways. My goal is to aid producers during these changes, acting not only as a feed sales specialist, but as part of their advisory team, creating a healthy herd that is profitable and efficient. PD