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Sen$e: Dairy Sen$e ®

For youth ages 18–25

Sen$e: Dairy Sen$e ®

Dairy Sen$e 2020 Virtual Edition – Speaker Series

4-H Ontario has four dynamic speakers coming to you in August to share information on important agricultural. 

Tuesday August 4 at 8 p.m.

Mental Health In Agriculture with Courtney Denard

Mental health. We all have it. Some of us are in a good place when it comes to our mental health and some of us are struggling. If you find yourself in the struggling category, you're not alone. One in five Canadians will experience a mental health challenge or illness throughout their life. And this includes kids, teens and young adults.  COURTNEY DENARD is a dairy farmer and mental health advocate. Along with her family, she owns and operates Valleykirk Farms, in Owen Sound. Courtney is an agricultural editor with Ontario Farmer publications. She uses this platform to write about mental health in the Ontario agriculture industry and mental health in rural communities.



Monday August 17 at 8 p.m.

Planning Financially for Your Farming Future with Mandi Flanagan

It’s never too soon to start thinking about your future financially and what’s all involved.   Hear from MANDI FLANAGAN, Senior Relationship Manager from Farm Credit Canada,  who will provide an overview of what you need to know and how planning sooner than later can make a huge difference in your success.



Thursday August 20 at 8 p.m.

Feeding the Bottom Line with Chelsea Gordon

Take a look into feed related practices that impact the profitability of your herd.  CHELSEA GORDON started with Shur-Gain in January 2009 after completing her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (2006) followed by a Master’s of Science in Animal Welfare and Nutrition at the University of Guelph (2008). Chelsea has worked with Shur-Gain since 2009 in a variety of roles, most recently as the Ontario Technical Services Manager.



Monday Aug 24 at 8 p.m.

Adventures of Family Farm Succession with Robert Larmer

ROBERT LARMER owns and operates Vintage Land & Cattle Ltd. with his parents, wife and three children. Robert graduated with a degree in Animal Biology from the University of Guelph.  Following school Robert worked for Grand Valley Fortifiers and Pioneer where he quickly worked his way up to Livestock Manager for Canada. In 2014, an opportunity to purchase an ongoing dairy farm and expand his family’s dairy operation became available and so Robert left Pioneer to become a full-time dairy farmer. Learn from his adventures during this speaker series presentation.

Dairy Sen$e® is co-managed with the Ontario Holstein Branch.
Recently, 4-H Ontario conducted a research study on the impact the Dairy Sen$e conference is having on participants. Further information on this research study can be found here
To view a video from 2014's Dairy Sen$e Conference click here. 

This program is managed by 4-H Ontario and Ontario Holsteins:


For more information please contact:

4-H Ontario’s Coordinator, Events 
1.877.410.6748 x468

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4-H Ontario is generously supported with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs

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