Must have books – Small Farming

Small farms and hobby farms share a common characteristic, the owners or managers of the farm don’t always have an education in agriculture under their belt.  They also don’t always have the disposable income to register in online courses on livestock management, pest control, animal medicine, and soil management techniques.  What could you possibly do

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

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

MacCurdy Farm Timber Frame Sign

For those of us not intimately acquainted with the old road (Route 134) and the farmsteads, homesteads, woodlots, and family businesses that can be found along it, signs can come in handy when you are trying to get to your final destination and the GPS wants you to turn into the Bay of Chaleur (It could

2016: A New Year Brings New Ventures

After a quarter annual hiatus from the blog, we are back with some updates and ready to roll out some new blog posts in the next few months as we build towards more changes and additions on the farm.  Despite our absence from the blog, we’ve continued to plug away at farming on MacCurdy Farm.  Winter

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