Our farm is located one half hour northwest of London, Ontario Canada on the road to Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan, USA.

Outstanding Shepherd Award

The Ontario Sheep Marketing Board (OSMA) recognized Mels van der Laan at their 2013 annual general meeting, with the Ontario Outstanding Shepherd Award. The Outstanding Shepherd Award
is presented to an Ontario Shepherd who exemplifies the values of leadership and responsible sheep husbandry.

Mels who has been a shepherd for 23 years, has shown sheep at the Royal Agricultural Winter

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Mels & Ruthanne van de Laan
9878 McEwen Drive
Denfield, Ontario

Tel: 519 666-2423
Email: dutchtexel@execulink.com

Fair, was the convener for the All Canadian Sheep Classic held at Western Fair, London in 2000, and has also served as a director on the District 1 sheep cpmmittee.

Mels is also very active in the Canadian Texel Association and local 4-H.

He has volunteered with a number of University of Guelph research and development projects, such as the scrapie program, maedi visna and genotyping, and contributed Texel rams to the Lakehead College sire reference research project in Alberta.