‘It’s in my blood’
“I guess it’s in my blood. It’s just a good life. It’s rewarding working with animals.’’
Robinson gave local reporters a tour of the dairy operation as part of a recent farm tour organized by the P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture, the P.E.I. Potato Board, and the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
While the operation in Robinson’s estimation is “pretty efficient’’, he still needs to work 13 or 14 hours each day.
Seventy-five registered Holsteins are milked while Holstein genetics are merchandized.
Many of the cows are also flushed to improve herd and market embryos around the world.
Robinson and his wife Leslie, along with Robinson’s parents Brian and Martha, moved to P.E.I. in 2003 from Nova Scotia, where they had a milking operation of 80 to 90 cows.
As well as a dairy operation, Blue Diamond Farms grows corn silage and alfalfa, and mill their own grain.
P.E.I. Potato Board general manager Greg Donald says the farm tour consisted of this operation along with P.E.I. Potato Solutions because both are multi-generation and innovative.
“They’ve very says Donald.
“They’re leaders in adapting to change and progressive in the way they run their farm businesses.’’
Tom Robinson is in the process of purchasing Blue Diamond Farm, a modern dairy operation in South Freetown, from his parents. The 30-year-old farmer says the livelihood is "in my blood.''