About MacCurdy Farm

Welcome to MacCurdy Farm, a website that seeks to share information about all things related to small diversified farming including value added products, fresh food, and healthy living. OUR STORY Our farm is situated on the banks of the Restigouche River as it widens into the Bay of Chaleur. The rolling hay acreage and woodland

Lambing – Are you prepared?

Every late Winter, early Spring our ewes make preparations to bring fourlegged beauties into the barn,  Sometimes they arrive as singles, doubles, and triples.  But, more isn’t always errier.  More lambs, mean more mouths to feed and more vigilance on the part of the sheep farmer.  A farmer must be prepared ahead of lambing to

Healing a sick ram – Supportive Care and Porter Beer

In four years of sheep farming, I’ve not encountered much sickness in our small flock apart from some body condition issues due to an early education on the importance of deworming and feed quality provision.  Farmers, like all animals lovers, develop bonds with their animals.  There is a fine line between pet and farm animal

Wool Dryer Balls

Wool Dryer Balls

A farmer on a small diversified operation is always looking for ways to add value to products.  A small Shetland flock yields a surprising amount of wool, wool that can be cleaned and scoured and then sold to hand-spinners, felting artists, and crafters.  Surplus wool on many farms is often discarded in the compost heap. 

The Inevitable First

Today marked the first day in my three years as a shepherd of Shetland sheep that we had a lamb killed to meet local culinary interests.  The growing demand for lamb in our local area, the expense of feeding the animals, and the ever present debt warranted the right of passage that mostly every sheep

Shetland Sheep Shepherd

As some of you may know, I have a proclivity for raising Scottish breeds of livestock.  From the large Clydesdale draft horse to the Belted Galloway cattle to the Scots Grey chicken, breeds of livestock from Scotland and the surrounding isles have always brought about a great amount of curiosity and interest in this Scottish descendant.  This past

The Dancing Farmer: Honor System

  Welcome to part II of our blog post on our road side farm stand.  We hope to share some insights into effectively running an unmanned roadside stand to sell your produce, meat, preserves, wood crafts, or any other item fit for roadside commerce.  Our roadside stand has been a blessing to our small diversified