Roy and Shelley Dixon
Just 15 minutes outside of Sackville on Route 16 in Point de Bute, N.B., is Dixon’s Farm, a substantial provider of beef that is owned by Roy and Shelley Dixon.
Starting in 1973, Roy and Shelley Dixon were getting married, and in the process of the union Roy brought into the relationship three cattle. Fast forward to 2013, and two grown children and three grandsons later, the Dixon’s farm is bustling with approximately 400 head of mixed but mostly the Hereford and Simmetal breeds of cattle. With this many cattle it is safe to say the Dixon’s have a lot on their own plate everyday to make sure their high quality beef makes it to your plate.
Both Roy and Shelley take great pride in the fact they feed their cattle with top quality hay, oats, and grain, mostly provided by their surrounding farmers. It’s also important to note that any meat coming out of the Dixon Farm has not been injected with hormones or antibiotics.
The cattle at Dixon’s farm are treated with great respect and are handled with care. One time when I visited the farm Roy was talking about how his ear detected a cow in distress at a far away barn at 2:45 a.m. and we went out to go assist the cow deliver a baby calf for an hour and a half.
The cattle at Roy and Shelley’s are very friendly. They come up to you with a friendly curious demeanor and after a pat on the head and a “hello how are you” they turn around and go back to do their thing.
What I find personally impressive is hearing about the slow evolution of the business and how all the outbuildings were built by Roy one step at a time. When you look at how big the barns are, you can appreciate this was no small task . . . especially when he also had to the do all the same tasks as any farmer, which include growing the grass and hay, transporting the cattle to grazing fields, tagging and recording the animals, assisting with births, and now taking their product to the farmer’s markets. Their son Norman also helps with many of these tasks.
If you frequent the Sackville Farmer’s Market, you have most likely met Shelley and her daughter in-law Aimee or daughter Heather as they sell their variety of cuts on Saturday morning. Dixon’s has also now taken on the East Botsford Farmer’s Market in Murray Corner.
If buying a quarter or side is your preference Roy and Shelley also sell their meat at the farm and you can get more information on this by calling 536-1964. Finally Dixon’s is also one of the participating local beef farmers who will be represented seven days a week at Save Easy.