This Progressive Dairy Podcast guest hails from Prince Edward Island and has made her mark on the Canadian dairy industry as a first-generation dairy farmer. Host Matti McBride chats with Suz Brouwer about her dream of owning a dairy, her work to acquire one and the lessons learned along the way.

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Season 6, Episode 23

Here is the episode breakdown:

  • 0:45 – Get to know Eastview Dairy
  • 2:42 – What sparked Brouwer’s interest in dairy farming
  • 4:05 – The journey to Eastview Dairy
  • 7:50 – Handling negative feedback when sharing goals
  • 10:30 – Brouwer’s advice for young people interested in dairy farming
  • 12:55 – Skills acquired that have aided in Brouwer’s own dairy management
  • 14:40 – Facing challenges and maintaining a vision
  • 16:20 – Brouwer reflects on the first day cows were milked on her dairy
  • 17:45 – Lessons learned in the first year of dairy farming
  • 19:00 – Challenges and triumphs of being a first-generation dairy farmer
  • 21:40 – Rapid-fire questions

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