I also want to pay tribute to John Harlock, who along with his wife, Shirley, were among the biggest supporters and mentors of my husband and me when we started dairy farming. John and Shirley also encouraged me to represent farmers, and their encouragement pushed me to get involved in various boards and representative bodies. Truth be known, they are probably one of the reasons I am standing here today. John, an exceptional farmer, was a strong advocate for improved dairy practices, particularly in the field of genetics, and was chairman of many significant agricultural boards over a long period of time. We had many conversations about how things could be done better and what needed to change. He was a friend, a mentor and a sounding-board, and I will miss him. My deepest sympathies are with Shirley, Scott, Fleur, Matt, and Ella.
25 July 2018