First time board member Ed Donkers milks 900 goats on his farm 15 minutes southwest of London. He’s in the process of expanding his operation, which has been growing steadily as the market will allow. Ed also crops 260 acres.
Why did you decide to become a director on the Ontario Goat board?
I decided to join the Board because I believe that if you want to effect change, you have to be part of the process. If you want to make a difference, you have to become involved.
What are you looking forward to as a director?
My goal is for Ontario Goat to prosper and to be able to care of goat farmers. It’s important for goat farmers to be able to access as much funding as possible to allow us to improve our farms and our industry. We can’t look back, we have to look the future and determine what will help goat farmers five to ten years down the road, as well as right now.
What do you see as the biggest challenge and biggest opportunity facing the goat sector at the moment?
Our biggest opportunity is that goat products are on a high right now and are still growing. Toronto is our biggest cultural mosaic but we are starting to become mainstream as more and more Canadians are eating goat products too. The biggest challenge for us as an industry is to get organized and have a united front. We need a single voice to do what’s best for the industry.
Ed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-280-3276.