NEWS - January 2017
Happy New Year.
2017 is with us. We'd like to wish all of our supporters a happy, peaceful and active New Year.
Thank you all for the support which has enabled us to take care of all the amazing animals who have found their way to us over the years. Without all of you this wouldn't have been possible, so we're asking you to stay with us for the animals we have with us, and the animals who are waiting to join us.
Our one rescued turkey, and our one rescued goose, rescued from the butchers block days before Christmas, have settled into life on the farm as though they were born here.
Matilda the Turkey
Matilda the turkey is living with the geese, Paul and Paula, and two rescued ducks who don't answer to any name, plus our old drake. If our old drake did once have a name he will have forgotten it by now, a combination of old age, deafness etc.
Matilda the turkey likes to supervise the daily routine. Is enough food being put into the containers, is it the right food, is there enough fresh bedding in the houses? Has the old drake noticed that his dish is full of corn?
She's a very busy, fulfilled turkey. Why would anyone who had the chance to meet her want to eat her?
Paula the Goose
Paula the goose arrived as a very stressed, shaky, trembling, bundle of white feathers and brilliant blue troubled eyes. Within days, our middle aged, bad tempered gander Paul, kept in an adjacent paddock, had convinced her that she was the mate he'd always been searching for.
We gave it a try, Paula was let into Paul's territory. Paul guided her quietly into his straw filled bachelor pad just for a look around. At bedtime, two geese were sitting inside admiring the view, a partnership made in heaven.
Three little middle aged ewes, used to produce lambs, for profit obviously, were abandoned on a farm following the owners death. Not worth the effort of taking them to slaughter or market as they weren't wearing ear tags. Only animals wearing identifiable ear tags are allowed to enter the food chain. So, just leave them there. What happens if someone does that to a dog? Is it ignored? No, it's an offence to abandon an animal and cause unnecessary suffering. Unless they're sheep. Lucky little ewes. Found by caring people who cared enough to contact us, transport them to us, they will no longer be expected to "earn their keep".
We're looking for names, any ideas, let us know?
Louise and Louie
Louise and Louie, our two very special calves born in November to our two walkabout cows, Jacqueline and Josephine, are growing up fast. Two contented, healthy babies who will never suffer the trauma and distress of being taken away from their mums.
They are out in one of our sheltered paddocks where they will spend the winter growing and playing, free from stress, free from ever feeling hungry, free from cold. When the wind blows, when the rain, and perhaps snow falls, they have the comfort and shelter of one of our field shelters kindly provided by a Trust Fund. If only life could be like this for all calves, what a wonderful world we'd be living in.
Bird Flu is now in in the UK. Brought in it's believed from wild birds in Europe, it has already caused the deaths of countless numbers of wild and domestic birds. In the Uk we now have to keep all our birds housed to protect them until the end of February. Thankfully last year we received grants allowing us to buy a block of stables and a large poultry house, ( put together like a large Meccanno kit (with bits missing) by many of our vegan friends).
Our birds are now safely housed indoors. They are costing us a fortune in spring greens, sprout trees , cabbages , necessary to keep them happy whilst enclosed. All donations for sprout trees gratefully received. Thank you, on their behalf.
Pay Roll Giving
We are constantly in need of donations to help with our running costs. Pay Roll Giving is a good way to set up a monthly donation. If you would please consider this take a look at www.payrollgiving.co.uk. Thank you.