Robert McAdam is the fourth generation to manage the family farm, which is now referred to as Robert McAdam's Dairy. The operation began with his great-grandfather in the 1900s, was passed on to his grandfather, and then to his uncle, before it was handed to him. Having worked on the farm since he was only 13 years old, Robert is looking to slowly lighten his workload and is heading towards retirement, which means it's his oldest sons Michael's turn to be in charge.
Dairy is the primary production on the farm, but it has never been the only. Maple syrup has been produced just as long as dairy has, and cash crops like grain, corn and soya are a growing business as well.
One of Michael's biggest passions has always been caring for the cattle in and out of the barn, so it is fitting that his main goal for the operation is, "to expand it and eventually milk more cows while keeping them as healthy and happy as possible".
Furthermore, his future plans also include expanding the maple and wood businesses since they have 125 acres of bush and a very large portion of it is maple trees. What started with only 250 buckets has now increased to 1,000 buckets with hope to increase to 4,000 taps by adding pipeline and a reverse osmosis system.
Keeping an all family team is a main priority for not only Michael, but also for his parents, his two brothers, Chris and Scott, and his girlfriend, Stacy.
"As a family-run farm, having a team of six is a huge advantage," Michael says. "If someone needs a day off, we can still manage the work easily especially since our team works very well together".
As a family, they strive to produce the highest quality and most profitable milk, maple syrup, grains, and lumber, while respecting the overall comfort, health and well-being for their cattle and family members.