ANIMALS

HAVING A GREAT VISIT TO OLD HOLLY FARM

Animals

We are still very much a working dairy farm, but we also have lots of other animals for you to come and meet. The animals live in the inner courtyard, and in the summer months in the outdoor animal paddocks. Our animals love meeting everyone who comes to visit but remind you to make sure that you look after yourself and your group whilst you visit our farm.There’s lots of useful information on our SAFETY page, or just speak to one of the team on your visit. It’s important to remember we are a working farm and using hand gels is not enough, please use our handwash stations and wash hands thoroughly as this is the most effective way of keeping safe.

Meet the animals

We are Pygmy goats and have lived on the farm since May 2012, we live in the courtyard but you may spot us outside in the summer. Pygmy goats are naturally small goats, and we are known for being intelligent and love human company, although we are a herd animal so we need to be together. We are also hardy, which means we are rarely ill so we don’t need to see the vet  very often. You will also see we like to climb which is why we have some logs to play on.

We are Alpacas and come from a farm in Cockerham (about 3 miles away) where there are lots of us. In the summer a few of us come for a holiday in the outdoor paddocks, and it’s great fun. The cows track passes the paddocks and they love having a good nosey on their way in and out.

We look like small Llamas, but we are domesticated and are farmed for our wool. We are also herd animals so are happiest in gangs. If you are interested in owning your very own Alpacas please call 07793081388.

We’re piglets so we keep changing as we grow so quickly the Old Holly team have to make sure we don’t get too big for our pen. We live between the courtyard and paddocks and love having a good run around and dig…although we’re not sure Farmer Ian loves us digging, but it’s great fun!

We are the farm sheep, we have been here since Spring 2010 and are very friendly. Every year our wool gets sheared ready for the hotter summer months. Sometimes we are joined in the paddocks by some sheep from the hills, which is nice as we love making new friends.

We’re calves – part of the working dairy herd here on the farm, and you can watch milking every day from 4.30pm in the dairy viewing gallery (or 5am if you’re really keen). We live in our very own calf shed, specially designed just for us. You might also spot some of us wearing little jackets in the colder months – the farmer puts these on us to help us keep warm but also so we can use our energy to stay healthy and grow strong, ready for lots of playing with our friends.

In around 2 years’ time we’ll be big enough to join the main herd so you might spot us when you watch the milking.

We are the farms VERY free range chickens, and love our little coupe in the paddock. The farmer moves our coupe around the paddocks so we get to have fresh paddock to explore. See if you can spot the little box on the side of our coupe, this special little box is solar powered and opens and closes our door when the sun rises and sets, meaning the farmer doesn’t have to worry about us getting to bed on time. You can buy our eggs from the farm shop and we’re told they taste delicious.

Petting Area

At this moment in time we don’t have any chicks on our farm

We are the farm chicks and love to have a cuddle, but please be gentle with us. We have a special lamp that keeps us warm and love exploring our pen.

We are the farm guinea pigs and rabbit and we live in the petting area. Our coats are super soft and we like being stroked, we also like to make nests so see if you can spot our beds when you come to see us. Don’t forget to wash your hands once you’ve had a cuddle or touched any of the other of our animal friends.

Special visitors

Father Christmas is a pretty busy man in December, so we’re very happy to help him out by looking after a couple of his Reindeer. He drops the Reindeer off on the 1st December so they can get their strength up for Christmas Eve. After their very busy night they come back to the farm for a few more days until he takes them home on the 6th January. Please visit our Events page for more details about Christmas.

Please be aware that we do not hire out our Reindeer for any special occasions or events.