David Gregson had an early start in farming. Born to Joanne and Wayne Gregson of Hillsburgh Ontario, he started to help out with what he could do. Being born and raised at Oak Knoll Farms, the working dairy farm kept him busy from milking chores to field work. As David got older he discovered his love for showing cows. Having a keen eye out for the next show champion with help from his grandfather Douglas Gregson a 2x master breeder he made his way into the winners circle at Autumn Opportunity and The Royal Winter Fair.
David was involved in many 4-H and JR. Farmer programs including judging competitions at Canadian Western Agribition held in Regina Saskatchewan and World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Guelph, graduating with his Agricultural Diploma. Eventually David turned towards an off farm job position with another agricultural based company to generate income for his own farm dreams.
Victoria Gregson (Johnson) is the daughter to proud parents Heather and Bill (William) Johnson. Born in Meadowvale Ontario the family moved to Erin Ontario when Victoria was two years of age to a new home and room to grow. Victoria’s love for animals started here with small pets and her first pony Crumpet. Eventually fences were lined up and a 12 stall barn put up as well. It didn’t take long before all the stalls were taken. Victoria started to have a fondness for the English riding discipline, working on the flat as well as over fences. Time changed as she traded in her thoroughbred for a quarter horse from Mississippi. With her trainer and a long winter she hit the barrel racing scene. Horses changed but the love for barrel racing hasn’t as she still hits up the barrel racing world.
The two met at the same agricultural company and that is where the equine world and bovine world collided! Now, David and Victoria are the very proud parents of three beautiful children. Amber, Clayton and Brody. They purchased the Gregson family farm in 2007 when his parents decided to retire from the dairy lifestyle. When the dairy cows were sold their new adventure into the farming world began. David started up an AI management program (closed herd) in the dairy barn. They also took over David’s father’s registered Black Angus herd. Victoria also did her homework and devised a plan into the sheep marketing industry.
To say the least life on the farm is busy. Their children are the fourth generation farmers here and they help out wherever they can, from feeding, sorting, lambing out and general care of all the livestock on the farm. We are truly blessed as a family.
The farm was purchased by David’s grandfather in 1944, Douglas and Peggy Gregson and they turned the farm into a dairy operation where their family was raised. Doug took great pride in his herd as it was a 2x master breeder which is a great title to accomplish let alone twice! Also doing cow sales across the ocean to Italy, Spain, England and other countries, he truly loved his cows. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree when Wayne was born and quickly showed the same drive for excellence. Joanne and Wayne managed the farm for many years and officially purchased it and the dairy operation in 2001. David and Victoria Gregson were married in 2007 at which time Joanne and Wayne made the decision to retire and sell the farm to them…the third generation farmers. This makes the Gregson Family proud of the history of OAK KNOLL FARMS.