The farm presently consists of a commercial herd of crossbred animals using Angus, Simmental and Limousin genetics in the breeding program. We have a small herd of purebred Red Angus Cattle and we are members of the Canadian Angus Association. The cattle herd consists of 80 cows with two calving seasons, late spring and early fall. The animals are wintered on feeds grown on the farm which consist mainly of grass, hay, silage and corn silage. In the spring the weaned steer calves are sold as feeders while the heifers are kept on the farm to develop into replacement heifers.
Our goal for our cattle is to produce an efficient and healthy animal using as much natural resources of the farm as we can. We achieve this by using extended season grazing practices such as stockpiled forage, rotational grazing throughout the summer and the use of natural wintering sites on the farm. The benefits of these practices allow the cattle to improve the biology and structure of our soils while creating a bio-diverse forestry habitat.
In 2010, the farm was recognized for its contribution to the environment and sustainable farm management practices when it received the Environment Farm Stewardship Award for Nova Scotia. We continue to follow our Environmental Farm Plan in all aspects of the farm. In 2017, the farm met the requirements to become certified in the Verified Beef Production Plus program with the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association. This meant that our beef meets the sustainable beef production standards of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.