Address: 324 Town Line Rd, West Chazy NY 12992 / (518) 578-4871
About Us / Gleann Dair Farm History: Produces Animal Welfare Approved chicken eggs and raises breeding stock sheep.\n\nShelley Bouyea, Bart Charland and their children Andrew and Matthew raise Animal Welfare Approved laying hens and sheep (wool, breeding stock) at Gleann Dair Farm in West Chazy, NY. While Shelley grew up on a dairy farm and always wanted to farm as an adult Gleann Dair has only been a working farm since 2006.\n\nShelley and Bart’s sheep are Soay, a very interesting historical breed from Scotland with only 400-500 in North America. The most fascinating aspect of this breed is that you don’t sheer Soay, you pluck them. On plucking the sheep, Shelley said, “It’s almost like they’re just getting a massage. They seem very happy when you’re done with them because that old fleece must have been itchy. It seems like they really enjoy it.” While the term plucking doesn’t make it sound pleasant at first, it seems that it’s actually a almost like a day at the spa for the Gleann Dair sheep.\n\nWhen Shelley isn’t farming she’s a high school biology and chemistry teacher who also focuses on teaching culinary arts and animal science in her classes. She brings information about AWA into the classroom and even has the AWA bumper sticker on her classroom door! Her students also take field trips to the farm twice a year where they learn about the history of the animals and how to care for them on the farm. In the spring the students come back to learn about lambing.\n\nGleann Dair’s laying hens are always a hit with the younger kids who visit the farm. The variety of breeds, Buff Orpinton, Barred Rocks, Austrolorps, Rhode Island Red and Turkens (given the name because of their naked turkey-like necks) are always entertaining. The Turkens make for especially good conversation piece as Shelley affectionately says, “They’re incredible layers, but they’re so homely!”\n\nShelley and Bart are most proud of their holistic approach to farming. All aspects of their farm depend on each other, from the landscaping to having the hens follow the sheep around to scratch up the manure. “We’re very proud of how we have an interdependent system. It’s a whole farm, not just separate areas,” says Shelley.\n\nOn deciding to apply for Animal Welfare Approved certification, Shelley said “I had looked into organic and all natural labeling and it didn’t match what we’re really doing on the farm. There are so many loop holes that really water down those other labels. With organic, it’s just no hormones or medicated feed, but it didn’t talk about the animals themselves or how they were cared for. AWA covers the animals and the animals themselves are the focus. That’s what I really liked. It seemed to be a much more valid approach. “\n\nTo keep up with what’s happening at Gleann Dair Farm, please visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1488930076#!/pages/Gleann-Dair-Farm/162773513778643. Shelley promises lots of great farm photos in their farm updates.