About Fieldstone Farm

Fieldstone Farm
Fieldstone Farm

Washing CattleFieldstone 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.

Val grew up on a hobby farm and early on had experience caring for and raising beef cattle, milk cows, sheep, pigs, goats, horses and chickens. Her parents opened their farm up and allowed it to be used as an interpretive centre by local schools. Up to two hundred children a day would come through the farm.


They dreamed of their own farm operation, but the costs made it seem like it would forever be out of reach. Then, in 2012, through a friend of a friend, an opportunity to buy their current property came up. With an older traditional farmhouse that had been updated, some outbuildings and just under 100 acres of mixed pasture, bush and a running creek at the back of the property, it met all of their needs.


Jon grew up strictly as a city boy but by the time he was eleven his pleading with his parents paid off. When many of his buddies were getting up at 5:00 AM to get driven to a local ice rink for hockey practice, Jon’s dad was driving him to a local dairy farm where he helped with the chores. He kept that up all through high school and then when he went to college he boarded and worked at a dairy farm near Sheridan College in Milton.

Sheridan is where Val and Jon met and after their time in college was done they went into the heavy equipment operating and repair field. They continued doing that, eventually owning their own shop. They dreamed of their own farm operation, but the costs made it seem like it would forever be out of reach. Then, in 2012, through a friend of a friend, an opportunity to buy their current property came up. With an older traditional farmhouse that had been updated, some outbuildings and just under 100 acres of mixed pasture, bush and a running creek at the back of the property, it met all of their needs.

Val had visions of Herefords ranging across their acreage. Herefords were the breed she was familiar with growing up. But Jon was interested in finding a more niche or specialized kind of farming…something with less competition. Then one day he was reading an article in Stockman Grass Farmer magazine and called Val over. The article was about Red Devons. “This is what I think we should do” he said to Val. Her reply, “Yeah, I think that’s a good idea.” There were years of more reading, trips to talk to breeders, many phone calls yet to come, but that moment is when Fieldstone Farm truly began.