Meet an Aggie – Ashley Knapton

Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2012

Written by Maggie McCormick, OAC Summer Intern

Greetings from Guelph!

This week I’d like to start something that will hopefully become a regular part of the blog over the summer. Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the Aggies. “Aggies” is an old but still thriving nickname for students of the OAC. If you’ve been around any of our campuses you may have seen the infamous leather jackets with OAC Aggies stitched across the back. Aggies are well known for their spirit and today I’d like to introduce you to one of the most spirited of them all.

When I say Ashley Knapton is a spirited Aggie I promise that isn’t just bias, despite claiming her as one of my best friends. At the Goodtimes awards banquet this past year Ashley was honoured with the Spirit Award by alumni and peers. Hailing from Lanark County in the eastern reaches of Ontario, it’s a long trek to the Guelph campus but choosing to become a student of the OAC was a “pretty easy decision” for Ashley, who is now in her 4th year of undergrad. It was her passion for agriculture that brought her to the OAC but it was a summer job that helped convince her to choose Honours Agriculture (BSc Agr.) as her major. Working as an agronomist student between school years Ashley realized “plants weren’t all that boring”, and has developed a keen interest in the relationship between development of crops and the health and performance of dairy herds, like her own. Her time at the OAC has also fostered a keen interest in marketing and communications, which she’s been able to explore in her role as SFOAC Communications executive. Ashley says she loves being the Communications rep because it allows her to be directly involved with the students of the OAC through email updates and managing the SFOAC website. In fact aggies.ca will be getting a whole new look this September, as well as being a more interactive tool for future and current students. Make sure to check it out in the fall!

Being an SFOAC executive isn’t the only thing Ashley has on her (very long) resume. This proud 2013 Razorback was on the class executive in years 1&2, a past treasurer of the Judging Club, a member of the Dairy Science club and a member of the Razorbacks Square Dancing team.

In 2011 she was Vice President of College Royal Society and she is the captain of the Aggie Ladies hockey team (and star goalie). Heads up to incoming Aggie girls, she’s looking to recruit!

Known to tell University of Guelph tour groups to “become Aggies”, Ashley loves meeting new OAC students and if you’re coming in September she’ll probably be one of the first Aggies you meet!

This summer Ashley is back in Lanark working as a Sales Intern for BASF. When she’s not on the road or learning about new products, this dairy girl is working at home on Knapview Farms. The farm, which only purchased quota 7 years ago, already has an 85% homebred herd and an average of 86 points thanks to lots of hard work by the Knapton family. Ashley started her own business venture, A-List Holsteins, a few years ago as well with a 3 day old white calf, Hill Acres SS Blizzard A (affectionately known as Blizz) who has become a EX-90 and a beloved member of the herd.

Ashley has accomplished a lot in her first three years at Guelph, and that can all be credited to the hard work she puts into everything she does. It can definitely be said she gives a 110% to all her involvements and makes her a great example of an OAC Aggie.

You can follow Ashley on Twitter @KaptinKnapton (and she’d love to hear from new Aggies!)

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