What do you produce on your farm?
We produce natural dry-aged beef from Red Angus crossed Simmental cattle that have been selectively bred and humanely raised on our Wellesley farm. Our cattle are raised naturally, and we don’t ever use growth hormones or any other stimulants. Our beef is Ontario Government Certified AAA for both taste and tenderness. We also grow food-grade soybeans and wheat, as well as forage for the cows including mixed grains, barley, cattle corn, and grass/hay.
When did you start farming?
Brad actually grew up on this Wellesley farm, so it’s played a big part in his life. When Brad’s mother and father operated the farm, they raised pigs, but Brad had his first cow when he was still in high school. Brad officially took over the family farm in 2003, which is also the year I joined the farm – the year we were married!
Why did you start farming?
Brad grew up on the farm and always knew he wanted to farm; his parents and extended family all farmed, and he got various types of farm experience and loved it. When his parents were no longer actively farming pigs, they encouraged him to explore other options until he found what he was most passionate about. That turned out to be beef cattle, and he hasn’t looked back.