Pastured Perfection

At Holdanca Farms, we focus on three main goals: raising free-range animals who lead happy, healthy lives; working with our environment to maintain sustainable practices; and producing healthy and delicious products for your table.

With careful management, we strive to achieve these goals through our pastures. Working with the ecosystem, forages, and soil; our unique process is how we produce perfection.

Field Notes...

November 13, 2015

The chill of November is a sign that it is soon going to be winter on the  farm.  The firewood is all stacked in the barn, and we are close to being ready for the snowfall.  There is still some fencing I would like to get done before the ground freezes, to have their field ready for winter grazing of the cows, but I need to make a few repairs to my tractor-mounted post mall.  The machine is 35 years old, and parts are hard to find. I do like the  slower pace that comes with the cooler weather, as it provides time to enjoy the farm life more fully, and to reflect on the past season’s ups...

September 30, 2015

The evenings are certainly cool on the farm now.  Last night I took the horses for a ride with my daughter to check on some pastures.  It was warm when we left, but as the sun went down, we became quite chilly.  The sunset was beautiful though.


I will be delivering into Halifax and Truro this Thursday, October 1 (Friday I am taking my kids and their animals to the provincial 4-H show).  My delivery plans for the next few weeks are as follows:  Thursday October 1, regular deliveries; Thursday October 8, deliver Thanksgiving turkeys to Truro; Friday October 9, deliver Thanksgivi...

September 2, 2015

Summer is winding down on the farm, and with it comes a change in staff.  My own two children, John Burns and Maria, have been a big part of my workforce this year. They head back to school this week, and their help will be missed. I also had some help from my nieces Grace, Emma, Rachel and Brianne, and my sisters Cathy (the videographer on Facebook) and Jenny, who have returned to their respective homes in Northern Quebec and Florida.  We look forward to their return next summer.


In addition to my family, I had three full time workers this summer. Adam, an intern from PEI, is rema...

June 7, 2015

Thanks to everyone for their support and condolences last week on the loss of Jane's uncle Lloyd; my family really appreciated it.


Things are really hopping on the farm these days – cows are calving, the grass is growing, and various groups of animals are moved daily to their fresh pasture. As a pasture-based farm, spring is the best time of the year to watch the grass grow, and it grows fast in the spring. The challenge is keeping it all in check while planning for late summer and fall when growth slows down, ensuring the animals have good pasture to eat until Christmas. If I do my job...

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