Children of Chenobyl

A group of children from Belarus which is still suffering from the Chenobyl nuclear disaster spent the day at St Augustines Farm during the school holidays.

 

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New Piglets

 

 

Our clever Old Spot sow, Cherie has this morning, 22 May, had eleven little piglets who, like her litter last year, look exactly like their Dad! 

Dad is Valentino, our British Saddleback boar, who is black with a white stripe. 

All appear to be doing well although very small.  She loves showing off her babies so come and see them!

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Easter Holidays

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Easter on the farm means chicks and bunnies and our popular Easter Hunt. We will be open everyday of the school holidays for you to come and enjoy your day with the children among the animals.

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Spring

 

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We have survived the winter so far and maybe, just maybe, Spring is just around the corner. St Augustines Farm will be open again from 29th March and we look forward to meeting friends old and new as all you Mums and Dads (and Grandparents) bring your children to enjoy a day on the farm.

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Barn In Winter

Have you ever wondered what happens in the Big Barn in winter?

All summer long you can have a game of Skittles, ride the plastic tractors, play badminton or table tennis and along with the rest of the games, the little ones have their own playhouse. But when it gets cold and wet, our animals like to come into the warm and dry and take over  the barn where you normally play traditional games under cover.

By the time we open again in the Spring the cattle will be back out in the paddocks and meadows and the barn will be ready for you again.

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Autumn Half Term at St Augustines

Do you dare seek the spooky things in the Little Wood?
 
Take your last chance of the season to contribute to our chosen charity, Farm Africa, through our pre-loved toy sale. We have raised £500 so far through your contributions.
 
Join in the craft activities in the Woodshed and make something bright and cheerful to take home to remind you of your visit.
 
And its the final week this year to enjoy everything else on the farm!

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Barn Raising

Our New-old barn will be ready soon. Dutch barns were first built in the 19th century but our barn was not erected until the early 1900s. It was taken down when the former Rickyard was sold for housing. We saved it from destruction and are having it re-erected on its new site where it will soon be ready to store bales of straw for bedding for our animals.
 
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More Babies!

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This morning we went to feed the Muscovy Ducks as usual only to find that two of the ducks that had been sitting on eggs for weeks on end had each started hatching ducklings. Following the excitement of the piglets born yesterday, it begins to feel like spring. We only have one drake so no wonder he looks like a proud Dad.

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Cherie is a very proud mum

Nine healthy little piglets were born to our Gloucester Old Spot sow Cherie and our British Saddleback boar Valentino on Tuesday 27 August.

As you can see, they all look like dad!

This is the pair’s first litter.  Cherie is a very proud mum.

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New Arrivals.

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The vet who came to see the calves looked across the acre of the sheep paddock and said ‘she’ll have 4 lambs in 24 hours.  She’ll be fine.’ I laughed.  I had been worried because the ewe had had difficulty getting to her feet and walked with a peculiar rolling gait.

The next morning there were 2 bright little ewe lambs, one stuck behind the fence – as is normal.  We decided to bring them in to keep them safe from predators.  All  3 trotted the couple of hundred yards to the shed.  We settled them in, lambs happily drinking and went off for the day.  When I returned at 5 I grabbed a camera to take a picture of the little family and found the original 2, another shouting his head off and a fourth lying dead in front of them.  Mother had a very surprised look on her face. 

A little later the original 2 were happily drinking from Mum and the third screaming at someone, anyone to give him a drink.  After some hurriedly sourced colostrum which he gulped down in seconds, I instantly became Mum and every appearance was greeted with a rush to the bars and a demanding yell. Mother fussed over him in an apologetic sort of way with lots of nuzzles and a guilty expression as if to say ‘I’m sorry, I’m doing my best, but I’ve only got 2 teats’. 

However, several hours on and little Spike seems to be a little toughy and has fought his way to Mum’s teat.  I think, though, I shall have to be on hand to top up whoever needs it.  Impressed with the vet though !

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