Fullblood, Purebred, Percentage Blonde d'Aquitaine Cattle, Commercial Sheep & CBCA Registered Border Collies
Rondakk Acres is a 250 acre beef cattle and sheep farm, situated in the small village of Codrington, Ontario; halfway between Brighton and Campbellford. Owned and operated by Ron and Donna McGee along with their sons Kyle and Kirk, daughter-in-law, Christina and grandson, Teagan. The home farm ("Southfork") was purchased in 1939 and started out as a small dairy operation. Once it was discovered beef calves can milk cows all by themselves, the Holsteins vacated and a herd of Herefords moved in.
Through the years, some Limousin lines were added. A second farm was purchased in 1983 to be used primarily as a pasture ranch. The acquisition of "Northfork" allowed for the expansion of the cattle herd. The first Blonde influence entered the herd in 1992 with a purebred bull and two fullblood heifers, purchased from Hilltop Orchard Farm, Dave and Sheila McNevan. Regrettably, the first two Blonde bulls that were used on the herd were not registered. Because of this, many of the foundation animals in the Blonde herd were ineligible for registration as well. By adding more purebred and fullblood genetics over the years, the herd has been upgraded so that every animal is at least 75% Blonde and approximately 80% are now registered. We now have two memberships with the Canadian Blonde d'Aquitaine Association. The main herd is registered with the prefix "Rondakk" and Kirk's herd is registered with the prefix "Ridge View."
For many years, there was a barn full of pigs to go along with the cattle. This lasted until 1996, when two lambs moved into the barn. Over the course of the next two years, the sheep numbers increased and the pig numbers dwindled, until one day when the last pigs hit the truck and Rondakk Acres became a beef cattle and sheep farm. The original sheep were Suffolk/Dorset crosses and many of the subsequent purchases were similar crosses. Throughout the years, many breeds have been incorporated into the sheep flock. Canadian Arcott rams were used for several years and many ewes still in the flock are descendents of the Canadian Arcott/Dorset Crosses. More than a few Suffolk rams have made appearances, all of which produced hardy, fast gaining lambs. In 2005 the first North Country Cheviot ram was purchased at John Atkinson's dispersal sale. The NCC lambs are vigorous at birth and grow quickly as well. To increase the lambing average, Romanov genetics are also being added to the flock. The focus of the the breeding program is now gearing toward 3/4 NCC 1/4 Romanov ewes bred to NCC and Suffolk rams to get the benefit of the prolific maternal breeds and the terminal breeds.
Updated June 18, 2014