18 sets of twins and 6 sets of triplets due! We have thrown open the doors to start the 2016 season off, with plenty of lambs to meet and cuddle. Regular visitors will know that each February Half Term, we offer our visitors the opportunity to meet and cuddle our newborn lambs. This year the farm, which is dedicated to the preservation of rare breeds, is expecting an unprecedented number of multiple births. A good lambing percentage is around 180% but this time we are expecting one of 225%. In addition to all the new born lambs, we've also had a litter of piglets born to our Large Black Ella last week & fellow Large Black Nina is due to have another litter any time this week. There may even be the opportunity for visitors to see both lambs and the piglets being born. The farm will also be offering unique, hands on, animal encounters with visitors being able to meet, feed and cuddle Mr T, Diblet and Woolly the sheep, as well as Grace, Boy George and Gwendolyn the Golden Guernsey Goats. The Bunny Barn will also be open, with the Baylham Bunnies on hand for cuddles and photo opportunities. As well as plenty of animals to meet and feed, the farm also has a variety of play areas, as well as a den building activity. For grown-ups, you can relax in the café with a light lunch or one of the delicious homemade cakes. The farm is open every day, except for Mondays, from 10am – 5pm.
We're busy getting ready for Half Term week, and we've got lots of activities lined up to keep the whole family entertained. Best of all, we are offering FREE entry for a child with each paying adult. Activities included within the entry fee are as follows:
- Egg hunting and chicken feeding
- Meet and groom our very friendly goats
- Cuddles with Tilly, our premature calf
- Pond Dipping in our fishing lake
- Mini-beast hunt
- Meet and feed all of the Baylham animals including: alpacas, pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and more.
- Den building in our Woodland
- Tyre swing
- Play area
- Climbing frame
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages, using the hash tag #BestBaylhamSelfie. We will be announcing the winning entry after the 1st September, and the winner will receive a FREE annual season ticket, entitling them to free entry to the farm for a year. You can enter as many times as you like, just post your image before the 1st September. Take a look at some of the brilliant entries we've already had below.... [caption id="attachment_724" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chloe Offord on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_731" align="aligncenter" width="225"] @joanneeast on Twitter[/caption] [caption id="attachment_725" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Rosie Jerome on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_726" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Megan's Pond Dipping Selfie, posted by Jo Brooks.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_730" align="aligncenter" width="225"] @CharliiiD on Twiiter[/caption] [caption id="attachment_729" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Elizabeth Chisnall on Facebook[/caption]
It's a busy week on the farm this week, as we are preparing for our annual Festival of the Naked Sheep which takes place this Sunday, 14th June. The Festival of the Naked Sheep celebrates shearing and all things wool related, with lots of demonstrations and opportunities to get 'hands on.' There is even free child entry with each paying adult, for the event day only. You will be able to see live shearing demonstrations throughout the day, with Shepherdess Kate. There will also be a number of spinners, felters, dyers and weavers who will all be demonstrating their skills and all of the amazing uses a fleece has. There will be plenty of opportunity to have a go yourself, including the chance to roll a fleece and try your hand at felting. As usual, you will be able to meet and feed all of our animals. There are also some extra special activities happening throughout the day including:
- Feed the chickens and hunt for freshly laid eggs.
- Meet the Baylham Bunnies in our Bunny Barn.
- Greet the Goats and their new kids.
- Cuddles with Tommie and Freddie, the Miniature Shetlands.
Facebook page, Kate decided to name the little calf Tilly. As she wasn't born at the farm she doesn't need to follow the farm naming system. The naming system dictates that each animal born in the same year will have a name beginning with the same first letter - for example, all the calves born in 2015 will have a name beginning with the letter U. Tilly has been causing quite a stir at the farm. Running through the lambing tunnel our ewes called 'mothering' noises to her, as did our White Parks who were very interested to meet Tilly as you can see below. [caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Tilly meets our White Parks[/caption] Tilly is much smaller than normal because she was premature so she is currently being bottle fed by Kate and the farm staff four times a day. In between feeds she loves to explore the farm as well as having a good scratch, ideally a belly scratch from Kate but if not, various logs around the farm will suffice as you can see below. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="165"] Tilly having a good scratch![/caption] Tilly's developing some amusing habits including licking soil (probably in search of minerals) and playing with straw bales. She is enjoying meeting all our visitors and she will be available for cuddles and grooming very soon - watch this space for more details. Tilly is being fed four times a day with special powdered milk which is very expensive as I'm sure lots of Mums can relate to. To help with this cost we are accepting sponsorship for Tilly at just £40.00. Sponsorship includes an annual pass (worth £35.00) to the farm which entitles you to free entry for a year to visit Tilly and the rest of the animals. Sponsors will also receive a sponsorship certificate and a cuddly toy or Baylham Farm mug. When you come and visit Tilly you will also see your name listed as a sponsor on her paddock/stable. For more information about sponsoring Tilly please contact us.
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was really tough picking just one winner, so we've decided to award three season tickets for the following categories: Cutest Selfie, Funniest Selfie and Best Overall Selfie. You can see the winners here: Best Overall Selfie [caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="165"] Leigha Simone on Facebook[/caption] Cutest Selfie [caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Tracey Parker on Facebook[/caption] Funniest Selfie [caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Daniel Claxton on Facebook[/caption] All winners have been contacted to arrange collection of their season ticket which provides them with free entry to the farm for a year. Thanks again to all the entries - we've really enjoyed seeing the highlights of your visit to the farm.