About Us

Robert & April Jarrell and family from Corbyville, Ontario farm 600 acres and milk 45 registered Jerseys and 20 registered Holsteins. The original farm was purchased in 1977 and from humble beginnings with 22 cows has grown to 200 head with some of Canada’s top cow families.

Robert and April are very proud of their three children Bobby, Jackie and Donnie. In 2005, Bobby graduated from the University of Guelph earning his Bachelor of Science Degree. Upon graduation, Bobby returned to work on the family farm full time. In August 2009, he married Jennifer Smith. On November 30th 2011, Bobby and Jennifer welcomed their daughter Charlotte.

Jackie graduated from her Division 1 ice hockey scholarship in 2008 from Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania U.S.A earning her Bachelor of Science Degree. In 2009, she graduated from Queen’s University receiving her Bachelor of Education Degree. She is currently a high school teacher and remains involved in the family farm. She is also a current member of Team Canada Inline Hockey. Donnie graduated in 2009 from the University of Guelph/Humber earning both his Bachelor of Applied Arts and a Diploma in Journalism. Donnie is involved in the family farm and the construction business.

Many All Canadian, Star Brood Cows and Champion Show Cows have been developed at RJ Farms and have contributed to receiving the Master Breeder Shield in 2008. RJ Farm’s success in the show ring includes: Champion Cow at the World Dairy Expo in 1983 and more recently, Junior Champion at Louisville, Kentucky and All American Junior Herd in 2008. They have also won several Premier Breeder and Exhibitor Banners at many major shows in Ontario. They have twice exhibited the Futurity winner at the Royal Winter Fair; in 1983 with Rock Ella BSV Natasha and in 2007 with RJF Centurion Bella. In 2008, RJ Farms won the Premier Breeder Banner at the Red and White Holstein Show at the Royal.   RJF Remake Becky EX 96 was the Top Producing Cow in Canada in 2009.

RJ Farms continues to strive with their breeding program to incorporate type and production. The current Rolling Herd Average for Jerseys is 7472 315 280 with BCAs of (250-205-250). The average classification score is 88.2, with classifications of 26 EX, 36 VG, 5 GP. The current Rolling Herd Average for Holsteins is 10913 362 344 with BCAs of (230-200-225). The average classification score for Holsteins is 86.1, with classifications of 3 EX, 14 VG, 3 GP.

RJ Farms continues its excellence in Jersey breeding today, through some recent purchases of top young cows, as well as continued development of existing cow families. A considerable amount of embryo transfer work continues as well as show success with a new generation of star performers. Their commitment to the balance of world renowned Canadian type with increasingly impressive production figures ensures that the RJF prefix will only continue to excel in the future.
In 2010, RJ Farms hosted the Hastings County Plowing Match with over 18,000 people attending. RJ Farms also hosted the Red Carpet Sale in 2010 with just under a $5000.00 average.  The top Seller of the sale was RJF Jamaica Rockstar going to Billings Farm in Vermont for $ 21,000.00.

RJ Farms is committed to the Jersey Breed with their involvement in the following committees: Bob represents Eastern Ontario as a Director of Jersey Canada Board and 1st Vice President of Jersey Canada. Bobby serves as a member of the Jersey Ontario Board and the Genetic Improvement Committee as well as Hastings County Milk Committee and Chairman of the Jersey the Next Generation committee. April is a member of the Jersey Canada Marketing Committee, while Jackie is Chair of the Jersey Canada Youth Committee.