Opportunities for Farmers
Northern beef production offers a viable lifestyle for beginning farmers and their families. For long-term sustainable and efficient farm operations, farms require a contiguous land base of approximately 2,000 acres per farm. This is not economically viable in southern Ontario. The lower cost of entry in the north provides an affordable pathway for beginning and existing farmers to establish economically viable farm businesses which will be sustainable for decades.
New practices and technologies have been developed in past decades– such as pasture calving, rotational grazing, wrapping hay bales and better genetics that would allow northern farmers the opportunity for more profitable and feasible operations. Sources of private equity who would partner in the expansion of production in the north have also been identified.
Existing producers already established in the north are enthusiastic for this expansion opportunity. They will welcome new farming families into their communities and make excellent mentors for those starting a life in the northern regions.