Oceanbrae Farm was started in 1923, when John and Vera Barrett purchased 165 acres of land in Belmont Lot 16, situated on picturesque Malpeque Bay. The first Dual Purpose Shorthorn was purchased in 1950 by Keith, and the Shorthorn herd steadily grew from there on. Oceanbrae Farm began ROP testing in the early 1960's, and soon began showing cattle, both locally and nationally, particularly at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Keith farmed in a partnership with his son Fred for many years. Now, Fred farms together with his son Matthew.
At the present time, 70 head of Milking Shorthorns are milked at Oceanbrae Farm, along with about 10 head of registered Jerseys. A new free-stall barn with double-8 parlour was completed in February 2019, complete with stalls bedded with red PEI sand!
Our herd has been the top BCA Milking Shorthorn herd in Canada for the past few years and the Oceanbrae herd has also had the highest composite BCA herd average across all breeds in the Maritime provinces in recent years, including in 2018.