Katherine Doyle

Daniel Muir – #HowNSAgs

If you ask Daniel Muir to offer words of wisdom to young farmers, he will tell you to seek the advice of the older generation.

“They have done everything you are doing now and can share advice on what works, what doesn’t, and save you a lot of time and headache.”

Growing up on a commercial Simmental cow calf farm in Merigomish, Nova Scotia – Daniel saw the importance of agriculture in our society.

“The spectrum of our everyday life that relies on agriculture to operate, from clothing to food supply. Being part of an industry that is critical to our society and everyday life is a rewarding feeling.”

His family raises 25 head of breeding cattle, the calves are raised to feeder size and sold off farm. All sires come from other Maritime farms that use The Maritime Beef Test Station, to evaluate bull performance. They also grow approximately 80 acres of pasture and forages.

Obtaining a B.Sc. from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (now Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture), Daniel is now employed as a Traceability Coordinator with the Department of Agriculture. While he currently works off farm, he still spends much of his free time doing seasonal activities, such as; planting, cropping and sire selections. An active member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists, a past young leader participant of the Canadian Cattlemen’s, as well as a past representative on the Young Cattlemen’s Council – Daniel is heavily involved in the agriculture industry in Nova Scotia.

What he loves about farming is the connection to the animals. His wife is a veterinarian, which makes animals a big part of everything they do. Cattle comfort and welfare are very important on their farm.

In the future, Daniel would like to have an onsite abattoir on their farm. He feels strongly that the demand for safe, local products is increasing.

Daniel appreciates the broadening scope of agriculture in Nova Scotia and finds it refreshing to see.

“All the farms have niche markets or are growing crops or making products that were not available in Nova Scotia in the past,” he adds. “It’s very exciting.”


For the month of March, Nova Scotia Young Farmers put on a photo contest, encouraging young farmers from across the province to submit photos with the hashtag #HowNSAgs. The winner would receive a prize basket of local beverages, a free NSYF membership and a written profile. Daniel Muir was the winner of the #HowNSAgs Photo Contest.


NSYF 2018 AGM Recap

Young farmers from across Nova Scotia gathered at the Best Western Glengarry in Truro on Thursday, November 29th for their annual meeting. This year drew high attendance, with over 40 young farmers participating in the AGM and banquet! Nicolas Roy chaired the meeting and highlighted the events that had taken place over the year – such as; the Board Leadership Training, summer BBQ, thanked the generous commodities for their support, and also acknowledged the continued increase in the number of NSYF members.

Following this, Nicolas announced he was stepping down as President, and would be moving to the role of Past President. The new Board of Directors was elected, and roles have been decided. We’d like to thank Nicolas for the time and commitment he has put into NSYF over the years! Following the adjournment of the annual meeting, many young farmers joined the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture for their banquet, where everyone enjoyed a delicious supper and some social networking.

The 2019 NSYF Board of Directors is as follows:

  • President – Rebecca O’Connell
  • Vice President – Larry Weatherby Jr.
  • Treasurer – Alana Bent
  • Secretary – Brooke McNeil
  • Western Region – Jillian Bent
  • Central Region – Jonathan Waugh
  • Eastern Region – Mandy Vosman

Left to Right; Brooke McNeil, Jillian Bent, Alana Bent, Rebecca O’Connell,

 Nicolas Roy, Larry Weatherby Jr, Jonathan Waugh, Missing from photo: Mandy Vosman


New to the NSYF Board this year is Jillian Bent.

Jillian Bent grew up on her family’s dairy farm in the Annapolis Valley. With her agricultural roots, she decided to attend Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences, majoring in Agricultural Business and double minoring in Agricultural Economics and Plant Science. After graduating university, Jillian travelled to New Zealand to work on a dairy farm that milked 540 cows for five months and explored the country on her days off. After her time abroad, she has now settled back down on her family’s dairy farm where they milk 110 cows, with plans to eventually own the farm alongside her older brother. This is her first year as a young farmer’s member, as well as being a director and she is excited to be a part of it!

NSYF Contact

Nova Scotia Young Farmers’

7 Atlantic Central Drive
East Mountain, Nova Scotia
B6L 2Z2

Tel: (902) 893-2293
Fax: (902) 893-7063

Email: nsyoungfarmers@gmail.com