Author Archive: Adam

Running the Cotswold Farm Park, which pioneers rare breed conservation, has given Adam an in-depth knowledge of British farming and led to his expertise being highly sought after for TV,Radio and public speaking.

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Official Recognition for our Albion Girls

There’s news at the Farm Park. Really big news. We’re excited to tell you that our latest rare breed herd has made history, with the news that Albion cattle have officially been brought back from the brink. After a long campaign Albions have been recognised as a distinct British breed for the first time since the 1960s, when they were declared extinct. The decision means the Rare Breeds Survival Trust will include the remaining 170 Albion cattle in its annual Watch List of native and traditional breeds, giving them new status and a level of protection with yearly monitoring of the registered cow population. If you’ve already met...

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Ram wearing a raddle

Tupping on the Farm

It’s tupping time on the farm – and it means we, and our ewes, are making plans for new arrivals in the spring. A tup is a lovely old mediaeval word for an uncastrated male sheep, so it follows that tupping is when the ram is put to the ewes for mating. Normally the boys are kept away from the girls, for obvious reasons, until it’s time for tupping of course. We spend a lot of time selecting the rams with the most potential as the genetic future of the flock, and the farm’s income later on, both rely on robust, virile tups. We have a large flock of commercial sheep on the working farm in addition to the ever-popular rare and...

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The Summer Fun Continues!

The heatwave’s behind us and the ‘Back to School’ signs are all over the shops, but the summer isn’t over just yet! There’s still plenty of fun to be had at the Farm Park and a Bank Holiday week can always guarantee lots of families heading to the Cotswolds for a great day out. If you remember to bring your phone, you won’t be disappointed. Our Wonderland-themed Maize Maze has become a social media hit with visitors from all over the country sharing selfies as they navigate their way through more than a mile of twists and turns, following the White Rabbit, solving the puzzles, playing games and seeking out the Mad Hatter’s...

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It’s heating up on the farm!

It’s hot. In fact it’s very hot! The summer heatwave means we’re seeing lots of sun cream, wide-brimmed hats and ice-creams around the Farm Park at the moment. There are plenty of ways for our visitors to stay cool and safe in the sun and similarly the Farm Park staff are making sure the animals are calm and comfortable too. Just like us, livestock need shade and water when the temperatures rise. In the paddocks there are shady spots which the animals will seek out for themselves as soon as the air begins to warm and their water troughs are getting topped up throughout the day. There are other similarities between humans and...

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Calving – Live!

New born lambs steal the limelight, as well as our hearts, in spring. But sheep aren’t the only breeds giving birth at the Farm Park at this time of year. Now that Easter is behind us we’re in to the calving season as our pregnant rare and native breed cows take centre stage. We have six expectant mothers this April; two Highland cows, two White Parks, a Belted Galloway and a Gloucester. They’re all beautiful British breeds which are easy to recognise and always popular with the public. Just like the lambing demonstrations, we’re hoping that at least some of the cows will give birth during the day in our new Animal Barn so...

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