Island Brook Ayrshire
To become a Master Breeder requires dedication, persistence with a clear view of the goals to achieve. This is clearly evident in the Island Brook Ayrshire herd of the Burns family. This is truly a family farm in every sense of the word. Neil and his wife Marlene along with their sons Matthew and Cameron are currently running this 6 th generation farm established in 1873. The first purebreds were purchased in 1927 by Neil's grandfather. Neil's father Fred continued on the work and provided a solid foundation for Neil. He developed cow families that featured superb udders and standing on good feet and legs. Neil became a partner in 1986 and in 1992 the sole owner. The year 2000 saw Marlene become a partner in the farm. Neil has continued on his father's work and strives to breed profitable, functional cows like Island Brook Crystal Krisp V.G. 88 with over 100,000 kg to date in nine lactations. Neil's cows have received many production awards at the St-Francis Ayrshire Club banquets and there are many Premier Breeder banners hanging in the barn from the local fairs. Always one to lend a helping hand Neil works hard for the St-Francis Ayrshire Club, the Cookshire Fair and the Sawyerville 4-H club for whom he has hosted many a barn day. Matthew and Cameron are already taking a great interest in the farm. Besides their daily chores they are already showing their calves with the Sawyerville 4-H club and are helping Neil with the show string at the fairs. Neil is a great promoter of the Ayrshire breed who enjoys working with cows with a great depth of pedigree. A Master Breeder in every sense of the word.