2018 Global Farmer Roundtable – Cheryl Hazenberg from Ireland


The 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable is scheduled for Oct 16-17 in Des Moines, Iowa – coinciding with the week of the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue and International Symposium.

As the Roundtable approaches GFN is introducing this year’s participants.  So let’s get to know a little bit about Cheryl Hazenberg who farms in Ireland, and also Canada…


Farmer:  Cheryl Hazenberg 

Cheryl Hazenberg and her husband, Kenneth Bray, joined by a holstein calf.

Country:  Ireland

Where is your farm located?  

Our family farm is located in County Westmeath, Ireland – pretty much in the center of the country. 


What does your farm look like? What is the size of your farm? What do you grow or raise? 

My husband, Kenneth Bray, is the 8th generation of his family to farm this land.  We are currently milking 70 primarily purebred Holsteins on 96 acres. (Cheryl is also engaged in her own family’s beef cattle operation in Canada.) 


What are you looking forward to most as you prepare to participate in the 2018 Global Farmer Roundtable? 

I am most looking forward to meeting the other participants and in working towards solutions to common problems that we all face.  It’s nice to know that everyone shares similar issues and that none of us are alone in figuring them out. 

Holsteins enjoying the Irish pasture and countryside.
Cheryl Hazenberg

Cheryl Hazenberg

Farms with husband Kenneth Bray, who is the 8th generation of his family to farm this land. They milk primarily purebred Holsteins on 96 acres in the center of Ireland. They employ a primarily pasture-based system. Cheryl remains active in her family's Canadian beef farm and in the industry.

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