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Swiss Valais Blacknose

Swiss Valais Blacknose
Although the earliest mention of these sheep dates back to the 1400’s this large framed docile mountain sheep was first recognised as a separate breed in 1962.
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Bernard our beautiful Suffolk Punch in harness

Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk or Suffolk Punch is Britain’s oldest breed of heavy working horse and was named after the East Anglian county where it has been bred since the sixteenth century.
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White faced wood land sheep on a lovely summers day

White Faced Woodland

The Whitefaced Woodland is one of the largest British hill breeds.  Mature ewes weigh around 60kg   These sheep are strong-boned and robust.
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A black Wenslydale sheep with a mouthful of hay

Wensleydale Black and White

Mainly found in the North of England, the Wensleydale is the result of a cross between the now extinct Teeswater Muggs and a Dishley Leicester ram, this produced “Bluecap” the foundation ram of the Wensleydale breed (1839).
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Cottonsox our gorgeous Southdown sheep, just like a teddy bear

Southdown

The Southdown is one of the oldest Downland breed and enjoyed its heyday from the late 1700s up to the Second World War when farm after farm changed over to dairying.
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A North Ronaldsay lamb in the straw

North Ronaldsay

The most northerly of the Orkney islands is North Ronaldsay where this small and endearing sheep is found and from where it gets its name.
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A ewe with twin lambs born in spring

Norfolk Horn

A hardy, active sheep, bred to graze the heathlands and the poorest soils.
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Morris is our Manx Loughtan ram - he sports a fine pair of very long horns

Manx Loaghton

The Manx Loaghton is a primitive breed of sheep that has roots way back, probably to the Iron Age, and although it was once found in many parts of Britain it only survived on the Isle of Man because the island was relatively isolated.
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A ewe feeding a lamb in spring time

Boreray

Originally this sheep came from the island of Boreray off the west coast of Scotland in the St Kilda group of the Hebrides.
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A pygmy nanny goat with her two kids that just love to play

Pygmy

Pygmy Goats have developed from the interbreeding of wild goats found in Africa and were originally called the Cameroon Dwarf Goat.
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A very funny Golden Guernsey goat kid - what big ears he has!

Golden Guernsey

As its name suggests this breed of goat evolved on Guernsey in the Channel Islands and was brought to the mainland for breeding when numbers had become low in 1965.
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A fantastic bagot billy with very long horns

Bagot

There appear to be two theories as to the origins of the Bagot goat.
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The cutest British Lop piglet and his gorgeous snout routing in the straw

British Lop Pig

The British Lop Pig is currently the rarest of all British pigs, and is classified on the RBST list as “Vunerable” meaning there are less than 300 registered breeding sows.
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A lovely tamworth orange piglet in the straw

Tamworth

Originating in the Midlands, the Tamworth is the closest to the traditional pig that would have roamed the woods of Britain in medieval times and whose ancestor would have been the wild boar.
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Bilbo our fantastic Kune Kune boar - he even sits for his meals!

Kune Kune

Kune Kune pigs (pronounced Kooney Kooney) were probably brought from Southern Asia to New Zealand by whalers who traded them with the Maori people.
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A Gloucester Old spot sow with lots of piglets - very cute!

Gloucestershire Old Spot

The Gloucestershire Old Spot or Orchard Pig has been around for about 200 years.
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Saddleback

The British Saddleback is the result of the amalgamation of two similar breeds, the Essex and Wessex Saddleback.
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One of our three donkeys waiting to be groomed

Donkey

Originally the donkey came from Africa and Asia, hot dry countries where they roamed in their wild herds before they were tamed and used by man.  It is believed that the donkey was brought to this country by the Romans, who used them as working animals.
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A lovely picture of a Wyandotte chicken with lovely markings

Wyandotte

The Wyandotte chickens originated in America and are named after a Native American tribe.
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A Marsh Daisy cockerel with his harem of hens

Marsh Daisy

Originates from circa. 1880 by cross breeding different breeds of chicken, with further cross breeding in 1913 to produce what we have today.
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A lovely light sussex chicken

Light Sussex

The Sussex is one of the oldest breeds in the UK.
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A gorgeous orange coloured buff orpington cockerel enjoying the sunshine

Buff Orpington

The Orpington is a sweet tempered bird and because of it’s size does not need very high fences to stop it straying.
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Chicken coup - with farmyard chickens

Farmyard Hens and Cockerels

A complete mixture of breeds which are much more flighty than the docile pure breeds in the other pens.
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A host of guinea pigs eating their favourite food - grass

Guinea Pig

Originally the wild guinea pig came from the coast of South America, where the Incas (16th century) kept them for food.
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Lambert the giant grey rabbit and Blackberry the black giant rabbit are best of friends

Giant Flemish

It is thought that the Flemish Giant Rabbit is a cross between large rabbits from Flanders and giant Patagonian rabbits.
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A fluffy white baby rabbit born in spring

Domestic Rabbits

We have a number of domestic rabbits at Church Farm, we keep these so you can hold them and give them a stroke during Animal Encounters.
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