This 1240-acre mixed farm is currently owned and operated by Brian and his wife Joan along with their family, Mark & Isabelle and Beth. Their century farm is in Truemanville, Cumberland County, and has been in the family since 1817. Currently, the Truemans have beef cattle, grow forage and grain, lowbush blueberries and manage an 800-acre woodlot.
Brian has been a long time supporter of the Maritime Beef Testing Society. For many years the Truemans have focused on improving their herd and others in the Maritimes by paying close attention to their breeding program for Herefors, Angus and Simmentals. Their accomplishments are noticeable as “Thunderbrook” has become a common prefix in many Maritime herds and can be found on the list of champions at many regional shows.
The Thunderbrook vision is simple- “Our passion is cattle and our goal is simple, to produce and develop cattle that can surpass the demands of today’s customer.”
Over a cup of coffee or around the dinner table, there are always discussions about cattle. Like most cattle people their life has four seasons including calving, breeding, showing and sale season. Brian, Joan, Mark. Isabelle and Beth have met lots of people in this business and many have become life long friends. So to say their lives revolve around cattle would be an understatement!
The Truemans follow the local municipal guidelines for recycling, composting and disposing of farm waste materials. Crop rotation helps reduce the risk of soil erosion, while the Nutrient Management Plan that Trueman had done has allowed for more precise and timely applications of manure and fertilizers.
As stewards of the land, Trueman and his family like to educate and encourage others to take a similar proactive approach to environmental farming. He provides walking tours of the farm to 4-H groups and the local Scouting movement, and is an active participant in information sessions designed to bring more information to the farming community.
For more information, please visit the Thunderbrook Farms Website [new window]
With files from NSFA and Thunderbrook