Come and discover life on the farm
Our main farming enterprise is a herd of dairy goats, however we have a number of other animals too.
We have about 150 goats, mostly British Toggenbergs – a soft brown colour with white stripes on their faces and white ‘socks’. We also have a few Saanens (the white ones) and boer (the meat breed). The Toggenbergs produce slightly less milk than the Saanens but their milk is creamier so ideal for cheese and the other products we make from the farms milk.
We milk the goats twice a day, May to October and visitors are welcome to come and watch this (8.30am and 5pm on the dot). March to May they are milked mornings only and Christmas to March they don’t give milk. Goats are naturally very curious creatures so they love the attention from visitors and particularly like to nibble long hair, coat toggles or any loose string!
We also have a few sheep. The lambs go for meat after a happy life maturing naturally on grass. We don’t force feed nuts to fatten them in time for the ‘spring lamb’ premium price market but let them develop a slower more natural flavour.
We usually have a few rare breed pigs which we fatten up for sausages and meat for the farm shop. Bubbles is a Gloucester Old Spot (our favourite, pictured left – calm, friendly with personality) We have had various breeds in the past, Oxford Sandy and Blacks (very calm and chilled out, but a nightmare to load into the trailer); Berkshires (completely over excited, but very playful); Middle Whites (messy things but very chatty) and a few others. They eat grass, pig nuts and whey from the cheese-making. They adore it!
And of course we can’t forget Mr Pickles, our donkey. He lives with the sheep and we are on the look out for a new donkey friend for him. He loves attention from children in particular (perhaps because he’s a miniature donkey) but he is on a diet at the moment so please don’t feed him anything.
You can see more about the farm on this channel 5 documentary. City Life to Country Life.