It all started in 1966 when Evert Veldhuizen Sr. and his wife Dina started Veldale Farms by milking seven dairy cows. A mere thirteen years later, the entire farm was destroyed by a tornado that ripped through Oxford Centre. They, and the rest of the community, worked together to rebuild and start fresh once again.
Evert and Dina's oldest son, Bart, came home to farm in 1993, but decided to further his education in 1996. After finishing his studies at Ridgetown College in 1996, Evert Jr. came home to farm and the dairy barn was renovated to milk an extra 20 cows. In 2000, Jan joined the farm after working as a mechanic at a local equipment dealer for seven years. The custom work portion was expanded, and a Dekalb dealership was added a year later to enhance our agri-service company.
In 2004, an ongoing dairy was purchased, and after milking in two dairies for four years a new barn was built to combine the herds together. 10 years later a new equipment shop and office were completed to better service our growing agri-service company. 2017 introduced a new aspect of animal farming when an on-going finishing hog facility was purchased. And, to better service you, our customer, and increase our understanding of soil health and management, a soil sampling and fertilizer recommendation program was started for all your crop input needs.
2021 brought new opportunities. A research farm was purchased, expanding our dairy herd, field crop acreage, and introduced duck farming to our operation.
We are ever thankful for the daily opportunity to be stewards of the land and animals in our care, and we're proud to be part of the 1.7% of farmers in Canada!