Monday, May 8, 2017 

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Life on the Farms

Book talks about generations of dairy farmers

Dairy Farmers of Canada/Voice file photo


airy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is proud to present the book Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future, which features, representing New Brunswick, the Conroy family of Dixon Valleyview Farms in Hoyt, New Brunswick.


Showcasing the contributions of Canadian dairy farmers in the building and growth of our country, the book was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada.


It traces the emergence of dairy farming in each of Canada's provinces through the personal stories of a family of dairy farmers who have been farming for many generations.


Richard Toop and Mike Weslowski hold the missing ring that was found earlier.


"We feel fortunate to have this farm, which has been a part of the Hoyt community for 247 years, and to be a part of its history," said Kevin Conroy. "Every owner has contributed to the sustainability and growth of this farm and we are proud to continue the tradition of producing quality milk for Canadians in New Brunswick."

The Toop family's Beaverbrook Farm in January 2015.

Kevin and his wife Diana fulfilled Kevin's lifelong dream of owning a dairy farm when they purchased the centuries-old Dixon Valleyview Farms, in 2014. Once the farm was theirs, they then faced the challenge of moving halfway across the country with their four children and had to learn to be dairy farmers.


Toop and his wife pick up the Century Farm Award in January 2015. Below, Councillor Chris Kloot talks about the importance of family farms.


Thankfully, they were quick learners and today, Kevin and Diana are implementing their vision for the farm in the hopes of encouraging others to join the industry. They have ploughed fields, planted crops and cleared ditches and creeks to improve their crop land, to one day produce all the feed for their cows themselves.

"By feeding the country in a sustainable way, Canadian dairy farmers have withstood the test of time, from even before Confederation, to produce Canadian quality milk," said Wally Smith, DFC's President. "I am honoured to introduce the Conroy family, whose story shows a great love for dairy farming, and a deep sense of community."

To read the Conroy family and Dixon Valleyview Farms' full story, please visit for a PDF version of the book.

About Dairy Farmers of Canada
Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization defending the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and striving to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working within supply management, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable, and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy, and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national initiatives. Visit for more information.


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