Author Archive: Laura

Laura Hockley

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Pregnant ladies and the Farm Park during Lambing

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It normally causes a mild illness in people with healthy immune systems, but it can be problematic during pregnancy because it may harm your baby. The parasite can be found in meat, cat faeces, unpasteurised goats’ milk and the birthing fluid of pregnant livestock. Toxoplasmosis is caught by swallowing anything infected with, or contaminated by, the parasite. There is a risk of catching toxoplasmosis from a pregnant ewe, if, during the process of lambing, infected material enters your eyes or open cuts. This is very unlikely and we take every care to avoid...

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Keep your rabbits and guinea pigs warm this winter

Our top winter tips: Insulate the hutch. Provide lots of straw in the bedroom compartment so that rabbits and guinea pigs can nestle in the middle to keep warm. Old blankets on the roof, covered by a tarpaulin can also be used as a make-shift hutch cover if you aren't able to buy one. Keep them company. It's common to spend less time with your outdoor fluffballs during the shorter Winter days but this can cause them to feel lonely. Make sure you find time to provide a similar level of affection as in the warmer months. Check their water regularly. Water bottles with a metal ball freeze quickly, keep an eye on this and make...

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Plenty of Potatoes!

This September saw the Farm Park host it's first ever Potato Patch and we've had a spud-tacular time! Back in May we planted approximately 10,000 seed potatoes of two varieties. These gave us a whopping 15 tonnes of spuds for you guys to dig. We also held a '#spudselfie' competition to win annual membership. To enter we asked for photos of you with your freshly harvested potatoes, after you'd crafted them into something creative. We had some cracking entries so a huge thank you to all who entered. The tubers grow deep under ground and we suspect that a few of these golden nuggets might have evaded the reach of our hard working...

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We are Changing…but in a good way!

We've come a long way in the 47 years that we've been open. There have been lots of great changes along the way and our latest plans are set to be the best yet. If you've paid us a visit during the school holidays you will probably have noticed that we've out grown our current visitor centre. The shop is too cramped to browse with a buggy and the cafe is creaking at the seams during a busy lunch time. The planned development and refurbishment is set to double the size of the shop and offer 3 times as much seating in the cafe. With panoramic views of the countryside, courtyard dining and fresh food prepared from local ingredients,...

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Colin and his clan are off the Watchlist!

You might have heard about the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST), you might have not. They were founded in 1973 (with the help of our founder Joe Henson) and work to promote and save UK native breeds of farm animals. The RBST have had many triumphs over the years and 2018 is no exception! This year the Whiteface Dartmoor sheep have, for the first time in decades, made their way off the Rare Breeds Watchlist. This means that there are now more than 3,000 registered breeding females and the breed are no longer considered to be in immediate danger of extinction. The conservation of native farm animal breeds is at the heart of the Farm...

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