Category Archives: Farming

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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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IAE Barn New Piglets

New Arrivals!

Our brand new IAE Animal Barn saw its first birth last night at 7pm, in the form of a dozen gorgeous Gloucestershire Old Spot piglets. Dolly XXVII (the 27th!) is an experienced mum and some of her grandpiglets are even coming with us to The Big Feastival later this month. She did a fantastic job delivering all 12 piglets, including her youngest, who decided to come out backwards and has been named 'Orion's Belt' due to the 3-spot formation on his side. Dolly had a very relaxed birth, with Livestock Manager Mike keeping a careful eye on things, but not needing to assist at all. This is the first birth to have taken place in one of...

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Lambing infographic 2017

The numbers behind lambing…

Whilst we all enjoy the baby boom, we've put together a few stats to give some insight into what's going on behind the scenes.             Lambing will continue until 23rd April. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest lambing news, photos and videos.

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Dodd gets a pedicure

Cattle are designed to walk mainly on the toe and if the hoof is too long, it can throw off their posture and make them walk too much on the heel. Hooves are continuously growing, like fingernails, and they are made from the same thing – keratin. Cattle hooves have two ‘claws’ and are made up of hundreds of tiny tubes. Tubes on the outside grow horizontally and tubes on the inside grow vertically. It's this difference in direction that helps to give strength. They grow about 4mm a month on average, although this growth is sensitive to conditions experienced by the cow. For example, giving birth, a period of stress or poor quality...

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Lambing Infographic 2015

The Countdown to Lambing…

We're all getting very excited about the new season and of course, the start of lambing and kidding, with our first new arrivals due to make their appearance on Saturday 14th. To celebrate, we're starting the new season with a bang with our very first Lambing Week. We're also inviting members to bring a friend with them for free; watching the first tentative steps of a lamb or goat kid is such a memorable experience, it can only be made better by sharing it with loved ones. Check out our lambing infographic (below) for some fun facts and figures from behind the scenes at the farm. We hope to see you soon!   View Full...

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