Fieldstone Farm is run by Jon and Val Curran. Both Jon and Val have followed early interests in farming into a growing Red Devon cattle operation. Located in the southern portion of Northumberland County’s rolling hills, their aim is to focus in on the growing public interest in grass fed beef. Their research has pointed them to the Red Devon as the perfect animal for their needs. Trials run by Jon demonstrated the viability of grass finishing for the consumer market and solid feedback from consumers provided the needed encouragement.
The Red Devons were common in Britain for hundreds of years but came into greater prominence after the efforts of Francis Quarterly of North Devon in England. Francis made a concerted effort to improve the breed after he took over his father’s herd of red cattle in 1793. Instead of selling his best animals to feed British troops during England’s wars with France, he not only held back those with superior genetics, he actively sought to buy from his neighbours, and was willing to pay higher than butcher prices.