"Go for it! It is exciting and is always changing"
Owner-in charge of Human Resources
I am a dairy farmer. We are a third generation farm. My 2 sons will be the fourth generation to dairy. I am very excited that our sons and their cousin will continue to farm. Some families aren't as lucky as young people are choosing other career paths. We are milking 630 cows and have 3000 acres of cropland for feeding the cows. Currently I am responsible for the Human Resources on our farm. My job includes payroll Benefits program, and scheduling our 16 employees milking and feeding shifts. Everyday is different on the farm. Many jobs to be tackled with the end result of producing a high quality food product....milk. I am very proud to be a dairy farmer in Canada and providing Canadians with their dairy products.
The majority(95%) of our workforce is from the Phillipines. They are hard workers and very loyal to their employer. We train our employees fully. They do not need to have previous dairy farming experience. Some employees come with skills from their homeland where they had a farm or were employed in the agriculture industry. We can learn from them as well. We teach our employees about the agriculture industry in Canada every day at work. They are willing to learn about their new country. We have employed many nationalities over the years.
The advice I would give is that the opportunities are endless in Agriculture. More women are choosing to work in the ag industry in many capacities which is exciting to see. Equality in the workplace is getting better all the time. However we still need to support our young women to pursue whatever career they want. Mentorship programs can provide this support.
Competitive Masters swimming, gardening, dragonboat racing, reading, baking and cooking, travel.
My goal is to share my experiences, knowledge, and support to a young woman in agriculture. She will be able to share with me her experiences in 2018 in agriculture from her perspective and what she hopes to contribute to the ag industry. Networking with women in agriculture is a goal of mine and is always a positive experience.