Our story has simple beginnings, and simple events. But what we love is that it is our story and we are able to grow in it.
I grew up helping my dad with his small beef and vegetable farm in Northern Ontario, near the Manitoba border. As I got older, the farm was unable to support me staying home so I went off the farm looking for work and became a carpenter. With dad getting older and downsizing the herd, I purchased 18 bred Herefords to start my very own herd. Being able to use my father’s land and equipment, I was able to keep my cattle and take care of them at the farm growing up.
In 2015, I met my wife in the Ottawa Valley area and got married 2 years later. Her country spirit was a boost and she was enthusiastic about carrying on the cattle operation and continuing to grow the herd. The past few years have been a very exciting time for us as we’ve been able to purchase a portion of the land we had the cattle on, and now have the freedom to develop and grow the herd as we're able to.
It’s quite an exciting time to be alive with tools such as the internet available which allow us to keep up to date on the latest information and discoveries in the agricultural world. Having historically over grazed the pastures, we’re now very interested in the principles of regenerative agriculture and also the effects it has on the climate around us. It really seems that the more we learn, the more we realize just how little we know and how much more there is to learn - from finding and integrating genetics, to proper grazing management and herd health management. The herd is now at approximately 30 head, and growing every year as finances and weather conditions allow. The best part about farming is that you are independent and can forge your way ahead. Of course, there are drawbacks to that too, but this is the lifestyle we choose, and consider ourselves fortunate to have the option to choose it.
Fort Frances, ON