One of our miniature rare breed Ouessant Sheep has just given birth to our first lamb of 2017 – Dave. He and the rest of the sheep, Kunekune pigs, Pygmy goats and various chickens can be visited down on our micro farm at the Garden Centre during normal opening hours.
Our Micro Farm as we like to call it was established in 2013 when we purchased some miniature rare breed farm animals. These have now become firm favourites, particularly with our younger visitors and we hope to increase the number of animals over time. Our little farm is open daily and is free of charge to visit.
Our Pygmy Goats, Nutmeg & Peppercorn and twins Saffron and Aniseed can often be seen playing outside and jumping onto their tree stump in the paddock.
The Ouessant breed of sheep originates from the small island of Ouessant situated 12 miles off the most westerly point of Brittany in France. These charming little sheep are also a rare breed and claimed to be the smallest breed of sheep in the world! They are extremely hardy and predominantly black with a thick fleece of long wool with a dense undercoat. Our Ouessants are mainly black but Xina is caramel in colour as is Arthur, one of our rams.
The Kunekune Pig is the smallest domesticated breed of pig in the world and comes from New Zealand. It is believed that they were kept by the Maoris for meat. The name Kunekune means “round and fat” We have two Kunekunes – Betty and Wilma who were born in 2013.
An interesting feature of this breed is that they have a pair of tassels under their chin called Piri Piri. Kunekunes are placid, have an excellent temperament and are very friendly.We have several breeds of chicken, the Black Silkie and white Pekin Bantams have feathers on their legs .
We also have some Welsumer bantams (the cockerel is reministant to the picture on the Cornflake box) and the hens lay some lovely brown eggs, our Speckled Sussex and also Light Sussex chickens are attractive to look at but more unusually our Crested Cream Legbar hens lay us blue/green eggs