Lo­cal cat­tle farmer ex­pand­ing land onto Roaches Line

Ge­off Young look­ing to be­gin 305-acre ex­pan­sion in spring 2017

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS ROACHES LINE ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A lo­cal cat­tle farmer is look­ing to ex­pand his farm­land onto a 305-acre piece of land on Roaches Line in spring of 2017.

Ge­off Young re­cently got ap­proval from pro­vin­cial government to be­gin work­ing on ex­pand­ing his cat­tle farm, which he said started out as a hobby back in 2015.

The farm, right now, main­tains just over 20 cows, with about 77-acres of land just off the Trans-Canada High­way. How­ever, Young told The Com­pass that ever since the farm has moved from a hobby to a busi­ness, he’s been look­ing to ex­pand.

“It re­ally just started out as an in­ter­est of mine. You know, just some­thing I’d like to get into as a side hobby,” ex­plained Young. “But it quickly be­came a busi­ness, and like any­thing, a busi­ness needs to grow.”

Young, who is a Spa­niard’s Bay na­tive, said that they’re look­ing to be­gin ex­pand­ing by spring of this year, when the snow has melted and the tem­per­a­tures rise a bit. Young added that clear­ing the land will be quite a bit of work, and will be a process that runs over the course of a cou­ple years.

If all goes ac­cord­ing to plan, Young will be work­ing on get­ting small parts of the land ready to go for the sum­mer. Then, he’ll move the cat­tle he cur­rently owns to the new land, and con­tinue to work from there.

Young is hop­ing to reach about 50 cat­tle by the time the sum­mer rolls around. If this proves to be fruit­ful, which he sus­pects it will be, he’ll look into dou­bling that num­ber by the fol­low­ing sum­mer.

Typ­i­cally, to prop­erly run a cat­tle farm, Young says that it is rec­om­mended to have 1.5 acres of land for each cow. How­ever, he quickly learned that things were a lit­tle dif­fer­ent in New­found­land, and so he’d need more space for each head. He says this is why he be­gan look­ing for more land.

Young said he was search­ing for a while to find the right place to ex­pand, adding that things aren’t easy for up-and-com­ing farm­ers in New­found­land.

“It’s dif­fi­cult,” said Young. “Go­ing through all the proper pro­cesses with government, find­ing a de­cent piece of land, find­ing a good seller with de­cent prices. And the prices are a whole other story.”

When Young first started cat­tle farm­ing, he said cows typ­i­cally ran for about $3,000 a head. Nowa­days the prices have dropped, and cows can be found for just un­der $2,000, but are still a hefty chunk of change when things like main­te­nance and feed­ing are in­cluded.

De­spite the early dif­fi­cul­ties, how­ever, Young added that it’s a very re­ward­ing ca­reer, and he’s re­ceived noth­ing but good feed­back from con­sumers, which may in­clude lo­cal su­per­mar­kets in the up­com­ing months.

Right now, the busi­ness is a fam­ily op­er­a­tion, run by only Young and his wife, along with oc­ca­sional help from his son and some high school stu­dents dur­ing the sum­mer.

“It’s like any­thing, you know? It’s a bit of a strug­gle at first, but it all even­tu­ally works out, once you put in some hard work.”

Young’s un­der­tak­ing for the ex­pan­sion was reg­is­tered with the pro­vin­cial government on Jan. 31st, 2017, and the project was re­leased last month, on March 24th.

Young’s regis­tra­tion was awarded in late March of 2017.

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