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Board Biography

Last Updated: February 1, 2018


STEVE RUNNALLS Steve Runnalls, a dairy farmer from Thornloe, Ontario, was elected to the Board of Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) in 2012.  He represents milk producers in the districts of Northern Ontario, and Haliburton. He previously served on the Temiskaming Dairy Producer Committee and was on the local DHI Committee, serving as a delegate to the provincial meeting for a number of those years. He has also been involved with the local Holstein Club and has been a member of the Kerns Township Fire Department for over 20 years.

Mr. Runnalls chairs the Communications and Government Relations Committee, and also serves on the Audit Committee, the Governance Committee, the Marketing and Promotion Committee, the Quality Assurance Committee, and the Quota Committee; as well as the Ontario Advisory Committee for Milk. He is the DFO representative for the Toronto Stockyards Land Development, and the Milk Testing Laboratory Management Committee; as well as a DFO representative for the P5 Raw Milk Quality Committee.
Mr. Runnalls and his family milk approximately 40 registered Holstein cows and grow mainly alfalfa and barley with some canola cash cropped on 800 acres, 560 workable. In addition, the family sells replacement cattle and does custom work.  Mr. Runnalls is the second generation in dairy farming and the fourth generation to own the original farm.

About Dairy Farmers of Ontario

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