‘It’s in my blood’

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - Jday@theguardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/PEIGuardian

“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.’’

adapt­able,’’

JIM DAY/THE GUARDIAN

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.''

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