2024 inductees

Sandi Brock began sheep farming in Perth County in 2012. Sandy has always told true stories. They cover rewards and challenges 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 educational 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.

Sandi Brock

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.

Steve Dolson & Dr. Karen Galbraith