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Friday April 18, 2024

2024 Inductees into the Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame were announced Thursday night at the Rural Urban Dinner at the Stratford Rotary Complex

The 2024 Honourees include:

Sandi Brock, sheep farmer, educator, advocate and youtube sensation of sheepishlyme.com & Farmingduo Steve Dolson & Dr. Karen Galbraith of Legacy Holsteins.

Sandi Brock began sheep farming in Perth County in 2012. Sandy has always told true stories. They cover rewards andchallenges as a farmer. She also promotes the importance of animal care, food safety, and 

environmental management. Ms. Brock has done and continues to do extensive work in creating meaningful educationa

l resources that have a positive impact on the Ontario and Canadian sheep industry, Ontario Agriculture and more with

 her YouTube channel: Sheepishly Me. Mrs. Brock’s social media channel has over 1 million subscribers and over 900 videos of learning content. They cover all aspects of the sheep sector in a positive way while discussing the real issues sheep producers face. In addition to leading consumer education, Mrs. Brock has also been a strong advocate for farmer mental health. She has been a tireless sheep industry volunteer. She has represented OSF District 3 as a Board Director. This has given her time to support her local sheep community for many years. 

In addition, Brock, her husband Mark and children Jack and Jess also crop 1,700 acres of corn, soybeans, wheat and, at times, winter canola and winter barley, along with alfalfa grown for feed for her 400 sheep.

Steve Dolson & Dr. Karen Galbraith got their start in dairy farming in 1985. They were two 30-year-old parents with lots of energy. They created Legacy Holsteins in Atwood, Ontario. It started as a 30-cow tie-stall herd. It has grown to a seventy-five cow Master Breeder herd with a great reputation for genetics.

Karen and Steve have been very involved in their local community as well as the dairy industry. Steve is with the Listowel Fair Board. He used to work for United Breeders, then Gencor, and then Gay Lea Foods. Now, he works for the Huron Perth Ag Science Centre. Karen worked with Perth Care for Kids. Then, she worked for Trillium Mutual Insurance Company, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Roots Council, and now the Four Country Labour Market Planning Board. Close to both their hearts is the Kenyan Kids Foundation, among others, where they have made trips.

Contributions to the Canadian Dairy Industry include introducing an on-farm judging breeders cup to Holstein clubs, mentoring farmers in Kenya, and leading 4H clubs, inspiring youth to enter veterinary medicine and agriculture careers.  Promotion of agriculture and its importance in our society is their fundamental future passion.

 Karen and Steve’s family, Jordan, Scott, Meg and grandson Lochlan live in Kitchener, and return often to their roots.

 Presently the farm continues exceeding goals with their partners Sally and Geoff McMullen.

The Wall of Fame is open to current or former residents of Perth County who have made outstanding contributions to agriculture in Perth County. Nominations are solicited from the public and a committee determines the honourees. The Agricultural Wall of Fame is hosted on a digital platform and can be viewed at a kiosk at the Stratford Perth Museum or online at stratfordperthmuseum.ca

For more information contact: Kelly McIntosh
General Manager, Stratford Perth Museum
519-393-5312 or kelly@stratfordperthmuseum.ca