Representing the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Committee, Bill Herron presents the Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week award to Dr. Elri Oosthuizen. (Submitted photo)

Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week scholarship

Since 1966, Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week has been a main stay for the agricultural industry and through the years the mandate has been to provide information to producers and agribusiness.

The Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Committee has now established an annual $1000 Grey Bruce Farmers’ Week Prize in conjunction with the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), to recognize new veterinarians entering food animal practices serving producers in Grey and Bruce Counties.

This award recognizes the individual’s past accomplishments, but also encourages their future contributions, and commitment to rural communities.

Dr. Elri Oosthuizen was the recipient of this year’s GBFW award.

Dr. Oosthuizen grew up in the small town of Smiths Falls, ON and and attended the University of Guelph for her undergrad degree in Animal Biology and then pursued vet school.

Her focus is on cattle/food animal medicine.

As part of her becoming a part of the agricultural community in Bruce County, Dr. Ooshtuizen wants to be part of the advancement of livestock practices, animal welfare, health and production.