Our Animals

Get to know the animals we keep

Find out more about our animals, the breeds we keep and how we rear them

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Our Animals

We started with 6 rescue hens who moved in the week after we did. Since then we’ve hatched our own Rhode Island Red crosses and continue to hatch chicks for our free range eggs. Our first Oxford Sandy & Black pigs moved in a few months later and we’ve since added the ginger Tamworths and the docile Large Blacks to our herd. We also keep a flock of primitive Soay sheep and Boer goats.

 

We’ve chosen to keep rare breed stock as they’re slower growing and produce tastier meat. We’re also excited by the heritage of traditional breeds and their place in smallholding history; we’re keen to do our bit to help keep these fantastic breeds going. Farming in this slow and natural way is ethical and responsible and ensures the animals have an enjoyable and stimulating life which produces the tastiest produce.

Our Pigs

We keep a variety of pig breeds, including the friendly Oxford Sandy and Black, the inquisitive and cheeky Tamworths and the hardy Large Blacks.

 

Our pigs live in the woods where they spend their days rooting around and playing as nature intended.

 

The pigs spend around 6 months in the woodland growing a lot slower and living a much more natural life than supermarket pork would have done. Pigs that live their life in this natural way produce the tastiest pork you’ll ever eat.

 

If you'd like your own outdoor reared, rare breed pig, take a look at our pig share scheme here.

Free range tamworth piglets
Free range tamworth piglets

Our Pigs

We keep a variety of pig breeds, including the friendly Oxford Sandy and Black, the inquisitive and cheeky Tamworths and the hardy Large Blacks.

 

Our pigs live in the woods where they spend their days rooting around and playing as nature intended.

 

The pigs spend around 6 months in the woodland growing a lot slower and living a much more natural life than supermarket pork would have done. Pigs that live their life in this natural way produce the tastiest pork you’ll ever eat.

 

If you'd like your own outdoor reared, rare breed pig, take a look at our pig share scheme here.

goats

Our Goats

We keep a herd of full blood Boer goats that graze on our wildflower meadows.

 

Boer goats are a highly productive breed of meat goat that was developed in South Africa in the early 1900s. The fast growing Boer goat has been specially bred for healthy, low cholesterol, lean meat production. They are a short legged, stocky goat with chestnut / chocolate coloured head and neck, and an all white, short-coated body.

 

We chose Boers as our meat goat as they are very docile and friendly goats and have real characters. They thrive on our wildflower meadow and love browsing the small trees. 

Our Sheep

We have a small herd of Soay sheep on the farm. Soay are a very unique, primitive breed of sheep descended from a group of feral sheep on the 250 acre island of Soay in the St Kilda Archipelago on the Western isles of Scotland. They are pretty self sufficient, intelligent and nimble breed and make excellent mothers. They’re also brilliant conservationists – they are content on lush grass, hillsides and even woodland and shed their own fleece which the local birds love using for their nests!

 

The Soay are a slow growing breed of sheep and are smaller than traditional lambs but what they lack in size, they make up for in flavour. Their carcass produces lean meat of a delicious flavour that is growing in popularity.

rare breed soay ewes out with their lambs and last years hogget
rare breed soay ewes out with their lambs and last years hogget

Our Sheep

We have a small herd of Soay sheep on the farm. Soay are a very unique, primitive breed of sheep descended from a group of feral sheep on the 250 acre island of Soay in the St Kilda Archipelago on the Western isles of Scotland. They are pretty self sufficient, intelligent and nimble breed and make excellent mothers. They’re also brilliant conservationists – they are content on lush grass, hillsides and even woodland and shed their own fleece which the local birds love using for their nests!

 

The Soay are a slow growing breed of sheep and are smaller than traditional lambs but what they lack in size, they make up for in flavour. Their carcass produces lean meat of a delicious flavour that is growing in popularity.

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