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

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

Broody hens: Hatching eggs au naturel

By fortuitous circumstances one of our Plymouth Barred Rock hens set on 10 eggs in our egg mobile this summer.  She somehow evaded daily morning egg collection.  Instead of laying in the nesting boxes, which we access from outside the egg mobile, she hid in the corner away from sight.  She’d gone broody. Natural hatching

Grazer Dome

On MacCurdy farm we try to maximize the power of the sun by getting all of our animals on pasture. With a fleet of pastured poultry pens (chicken tractors) already in action, it was time to get our turkeys onto pasture with the good ol’ fashioned grazer dome raising. Turkeys, depending on the quality of

Inspire Coop Permaculture presentation: Integrating chickens into permaculture design

Today, I had the pleasure of sharing my passion for livestock, namely chickens in this instance, at a permaculture orientation session in my hometown of Dalhousie, NB.  As always, I had some butterflies but overcame them to deliver my powerpoint presentation on chickens and their integration into permaculture set-ups.  In my 2+ years of farming