The OLIP interns had the great pleasure of meeting with Jordan Miller, Evan Chaffe and Darby Wheeler from the Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO). We learned that the Beef Farmers of Ontario stand as a representative of 19,000 dedicated beef farmers and they advocate for the industry’s prosperity.
BFO promotes the interests of Ontario's beef farmers, representing 14% of the province's farms, in crucial areas such as sustainability, animal health and care, environmental concerns, food safety, and domestic and international market development.
We were impressed to learn about the extensive network and community available for the Beef Farmers of Ontario. Their structure comprises of 12 provincial directors, 48 advisory councillors, 48 local associations, and a network of 19,000 Ontario beef farmers. Their committees, focusing on Cow-Calf, Feedlot, and Research sectors, drive innovative practices and research within the industry. Beyond the farms, the BFO embraces its social responsibility. They advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry, aligning with the interests of consumers.
The interns found their commitment to engaging more youth in the industry very interesting. BFO recognizes the challenges of an aging farming population, and they seek to engage younger generations in beef farming, ensuring a sustainable future for the industry.
Thank you to Jordan, Evan and Darby for taking the time to meet with us and expanding our knowledge on the Beef Farming industry. Most of all, thank you for your continued support of the programme!