Board of Directors
| Chairperson – Dave Plett, along with his wife Jill and their 3 children is the co-owner and herd manager of Rockrose Dairy, near Kleefeld. This is a 3rd generation farm and together with Dave’s parents Wayne and Darlene & his grandparents, they farm 1600 acres.They are able to grow all the forage required for the 200 cow herd, with the remaining acres being cash cropped. A slurrystore provides storage for the manure which is used as the main nutrient for the corn crop. A TMR is fed to the herd that are now housed in a new 4 robot barn built in 2012. The dry cows and youngstock are housed in the older facility.
Dave is a volunteer firefighter and he and his wife Jill are very involved in the community and their church fellowship.
|Secretary – Richard Boonstoppel and his wife Carol and their 5 children operate Tri Lea Farms near Grunthal. They milk 100 Holstein cows through 2 robots in a freestall barn. TMR is fed by conveyor belt from tower silos. Manure is stored in a slurrystore type structure and spread on land designated for corn silage and corn grain. Most of the forage production is from their own land, with maybe some dry hay purchased. Custom operators complete basically all their tasks, ensuring that machinery is kept to a minimum.
Richard is on the Westgen board and Carol is very involved with 4H and Eastern Mantoba Holstein club. They are actively involved a strong church fellowship
|Jeremy Dueck with his wife Jenn and their 3 young boys own and operate a 6o cow Holstein herd. They started dairying in 2012 on the DFM New Entrant Program in a tiestall barn near Landmark. After 5 years, they successfully transferred the herd to a fully renovated freestall facility with a single robot just north of Blumenort, SE Manitoba. The herd is fed TMR from a conveyor belt in a very simple system requiring minimum labour. The barn had originally been a hog barn, so manure is stored in the approved earthen lagoon and spread with farm machinery. They also produce all their forage, selling excess and cash crop some grain/oilseeds. Calves are weaned on the farm and then transferred to a local dairy producer, who custom raises them.
Jeremy is a former chair of the Eastern Manitoba Holstein club. As a family they are actively involved in their church fellowship
|John Georgison farms with his wife Roxanne, 2 daughters, parents and 2 brothers north of Winnipeg. They built a new barn c/w 3 robots in 2007 after having operated an older tiestall facility, previously. They grow and harvest all their own forage, cash cropping the remaining acres using custom operators to complete some of the tasks. Some of the grain is fed to the dairy herd, which is fed a TMR delivered by a conveyor belt system to the feed fence.
New concrete bunkers have been built in 2016. Young stock are still raised at the older facility, with the hope that they can update this facility in the not too distant future.
| Josh Verhoog is the second son of Garry and Teresa Verhoog who farm at St. Labre, where he is herd manager. This involves making the day to day management decisions and scheduling labour requirements where 1100 cows are milked through a 24/24 parallel parlor and housed in 4 new freestall barns built over the last few years. TMR consists of homegrown forages and hi-moisture corn supplemented with commodity feeds. Hog manure from the neighbouring barns and manure from the slurry separator is the primary source of plant nutrients for the 2100 acres of corn.
Josh is a basketball coach and enjoys still playing hockey and basketball in his spare time. Josh and Krissy are blessed with the 2 young children.