We would like to introduce ourselves as hosts of the 2017 Breakfast on the Dairy Farm!
After 11 years of preparation, we landed at the Calgary airport April 2010, leaving our Dutch roots behind. We bought an existing dairy farm and started milking 60 Holstein cows. We started our own breeding program and since then, our herd has grown to 100 cows. We also have around 100 young stock (non-milking cows).
We grow barley, alfalfa, corn and canola on 600 acres. The barley, corn and alfalfa are used as feed for our animals. Barley for silage and for grain, corn for silage and alfalfa for haylage. We sell our canola and use it for crop rotation.
We have three children. Our son Bart (26) has a passion for dairy and worked at many dairy farms in the area. Since 2016, he works full time on our family farm. He and his girlfriend Karly live close to the farm. Karly works at an accountant office, supports the farm life, and helps whenever she can.
Our daughter Hellen (26) stayed with us for one year and graduated from Olds High School. She and Richard decided to move back to continue their lives in The Netherlands. Hellen works as a junior tax advisor at an accountant office and hopes to have her degree in Tax Law this year. Hellen and Richard (who is a herd manager) live on a dairy farm in the province Groningen.
Our youngest daughter Jannie (21) graduated from Olds High School and moved to Camrose. She studies kinesiology at the University of Alberta and will receive her degree in June. As she loves the rural country she hopes to find work in her field in Central Alberta. Jannie supports the dairy industry too whenever she can.
Freek and myself, Sieka, are raised on a dairy farm and farmed our entire life. We are happy we can call Canada our home and are proud to be part of the Canadian dairy industry. We are looking forward chatting with you and sharing our passion for the dairy industry.
Enjoy your day at Boom Holsteins!
Freek Sieka Boom
Freek, Sieka, Karley and Bart Boom. (Not pictured, Jannie)