These eight brilliant 4-H’ers will travel to Madison, Wisconsin to attend the World Dairy Expo, October 1 to 5, 2019, through the 4-H Canada World Dairy Expo Competition.
During their time in Madison, they will attend the expo and tour key local agricultural attractions while sharing their passion for dairy and engaging with dairy producers, companies, organizations and enthusiasts.
Cassie Allen, Ontario
My name is Cassie Allen and I have been a member of Prescott County 4-H in Ontario for 10 years. I have completed projects in dairy, horse, dog, vet, square dancing, go for the gold, knitting and scrapbooking.
This fall, I will be beginning my third year of studies in the B.Sc.(Agr) program at the University of Guelph, majoring in Animal Science. I live on a dairy farm and am currently working for Wilfred Major Ltd, a Shur-Gain feed company. I have participated in the TD Dairy Classic and the regional 4-H dairy show for many years. I am a member of the University of Guelph judging team as well as the Dairy Science club. I believe youth leadership is crucial to the future of agriculture. With the decreasing number of dairy farms and the growing disconnect from producers to consumers, there is an increasing need for a strong public voice for the industry.
Emily McKenna Ayles, Prince Edward Island
My name is Emily McKenna and I live in North Rustico, Prince Edward Island on my family farm Birkentree Holsteins. I am 21 years old and completing my final year with the North River 4-H club. Through my years of 4-H, I have completed the beef, market steer, and dairy projects. I have been a part of the Royal Beef team twice and the Royal Dairy team three times. I recently just graduated with my Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Prince Edward Island.
I currently work full time on the farm and hope to continue farming with my family. I believe youth in the dairy industry are the face of the future. We have a tremendous opportunity to learn how to maximize what our past generations have built for us.
Cynthia Campbell, Nova Scotia
My name is Cynthia Campbell, I’m from Nova Scotia and I’ve been a 4-H member for 11 years with the Brook Village Achievers. When I was younger, I took part in the crafts, photography and dairy projects, but for a few years now I’ve focused strictly on the dairy project.
I grew up on the two-time Master Breeder herd Brookvilla Farms. I’ve always had a passion for high-quality cattle which lead to my long career in the 4-H dairy project. I currently sit on Holstein Canada’s Young Leader Advisory Committee representing Atlantic Canada, on the 2019 National Holstein Convention Committee, and the Atlantic Young Breeders School Committee. Since graduating in May from Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Agriculture with an Animal Science degree, I’ve taken a full-time position with ShurGain as a Dairy Territory Manager helping farmers reach their full potential through nutrition consultation.
The youth of this industry can combine the knowledge they’ve gained from previous generations with the technology and software they have access to today, to create a potential dairy industry that can flourish for generations to come.
Jennika Fuller, Nova Scotia
My name is Jennika Fuller and I am a member of the Eastern Kings 4-H Club in Nova Scotia. I have been a 4-H member for six years. I have completed the dairy, rabbit, goat, cavy, and junior leader projects. I have mentored other members throughout my province to help other members succeed in their own projects.
In 2016 I purchased my first Guernsey heifer for my 4-H project. I wanted to carry on my great grandfather’s tradition of Guernsey farming. My passion for the breed grew from there and I now raise and show a small herd of Guernseys. I wanted to get more involved with the dairy industry, so I began to volunteer to help milk at Marshcrest Farm, and now milk at Bovidae Farm. I hope to continue to learn and become more involved in the dairy industry in the future. It is important for youth to be involved in the dairy industry in order to move forward with new ideas and continue to progress the industry with modern solutions and advancements.
Derrick Knill, Ontario
I’m Derrick Knill from Bornholm, Ontario. I have completed 33 4-H clubs, and I discovered my passion for dairy cattle through the Mitchell 4-H Dairy Club. I am proud to have been on the Perth County TD 4-H Canadian Dairy Classic Team seven times and a member of the 2017 Ontario 4-H Dairy Judging Team.
I’m in the third year in a B.Sc. in Agriculture at the University of Guelph, majoring in animal science. I work as a summer student at the Ontario Veterinary College helping with on-farm dairy cattle research. I have worked on dairy farms and clipped dairy cattle for show. Youth leaders are uniquely poised to bring fresh perspectives, technological innovation and drive, passion and energy to the future dairy industry. I am interested in dairy cattle genetics to make more disease and heat-resistant cattle with improved health and longevity. Cows that produce milk more efficiently with less feed intake and lower manure production will reduce the environmental footprint of dairy farming. Youth is the succession plan in the dairy industry and the hope of our future.
Iain MacLellan, Nova Scotia
My name is Iain MacLellan, and I am a member of the West River 4-H Club, in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia. Throughout my eleven years in the 4-H program, I have completed the dairy, foods, and first aid projects, along with being a Junior Leader for the dairy project in my county.
Over the past 11 years, I have shown cattle in both 4-H and open shows, along with fitting at various shows and sales. Throughout high school, I worked on a local dairy farm and have then gone on to work through the summers with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture, and most recently, with EastGen Inc. Youth play such an integral role in the progression and development of the Canadian Dairy Industry. Youth are the leaders of tomorrow and are capable of making major positive impacts on all aspects of the industry we know and love.
Ally Spielmacher, Ontario
I’m Ally Spielmacher from beautiful Grey County, Ontario. I am a member of the Durham Dairy Club and have completed 24 projects. I am currently in my third year of Nursing at York University. I am so excited to be a part of this amazing adventure!
My love of agriculture, the dairy industry and 4-H comes from being around my family’s farms growing up. And being a 4-H member has taught me how important youth leadership is in agriculture today. As youth, we speak to and meet so many new people, especially with all the programs that we have the opportunity to be involved in, like 4-H. We have so many potential avenues to educate our fellow and future youth on the facts surrounding farming to help them make informed decisions. We are the future of agriculture, and it is our job to ensure that it grows and prospers.
Sarah Wilson, Nova Scotia
My name is Sarah Wilson and I live on my family dairy farm on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I have gained a lot of responsibility working on my farm including milking cows, making hay and tending to newborn calves. I have been a member of the Brook Village 4-H club for 10 years and have taken part in the dairy, crafts, sewing, foods, photography, great outdoors, cake decorating, rabbit, floriculture and gardening projects.
Aside from 4-H and working on the farm, I have participated in multiple dairy shows and competitions. In my opinion, agriculture is one of the worlds’ most important industries and must be maintained for the survival of future generations. Youth heading into the agriculture industry need to become innovative, adaptable and eco-friendly people. They are crucial in helping feed the rapidly increasing population and dealing with the ever-changing issues of climate change.