The farm recently welcomed two new goats – Tilly and Tina. Tilly has a minty stripe down her nose and Tina has a patch that looks like a very fat ‘T’ on her forehead. They are Bagot goats, born early last spring; the Bagot is an interesting and endangered breed with records dating back to the 14th century in England. They are small and hardy, and very attractive. After a quarantine period in the animal house they will be let out into the paddocks to enjoy the extra space. There is a lot more information on the breed here.
During the winter there will not be as many animals here on the farm. This will allow us to give the land a rest; it has suffered from too many animals being kept on it for too long, especially sheep and goats.
We know that visitors expect to see a lot of animals here, but animal welfare is very important. Please understand that, on a farm this small, having too many animals damages the land and is unhealthy for the animals.
Woodworkout has left, so staff and volunteers are taking over the day-to-day animal care done by Woodworkout during the week. Having fewer animals will make things easier for them in the winter. In spring we hope to bring some more animals onto the farm for visitors to see.
The Angora goats are now at Forget-Me-Not Care Farm at Carr Farm where Woodworkout now works. Some poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs have also moved there. The piglets have grown up and gone for meat. Money from meat sold each year helps the farm to carry on keeping pigs.
Thank you for reading this. We value all our visitors and the support they give the farm; please keep visiting.
Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farm Trust reg. charity no. 505444