Lee Brien has been involved in the Ontario sheep industry since birth. He’s a fourth-generation sheep farmer, raising 60 purebred Suffolk and Jacob ewes. Lee is currently serving his second term as a director of the Ontario Sheep Farmers (OSF) and also sits on the board of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. As an OSF director, Lee has served on the wool, research, GenOvis technical, and Maedi-Visna committees.
A graduate from the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, Lee continues his practical education working in the livestock industry and careers in sales, auctioneering, and as a Certified Crop Advisor. He credits a variety of industry mentors for this appreciation, knowledge, and passion for livestock.
His experience as an OSF director has taught Lee the value of communications. He believes that the ability for a leader to communicate with producers with clarity and transparency is a priority in the Ontario sheep industry. Lee says it’s easy to find inspiration in the industry, thanks to the variety of producers, production models, business strategies, and new uses for lamb, wool, byproducts, and genetics that continue to move the industry forward.