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 The bronze turkey is a breed of domestic turkey. The name refers to its plumage, which bares an iridescent bronze-like sheen. Our turkeys are reared for the christmas market.   

 

 These birds are slower growing than the commercial hybrid and are suited to the free range system.  In fact they are often twice the age of the birds sold in the supermarkets.   

 

Our turkeys are very inquisitive and like to know everything that is going on round the farm.  They roam their paddock during the day and are housed at night in a barn with a comfortable straw bed.    

 

 We have won prizes with our turkeys at the Ashford market Christmas show.  Including Reserve Champion and Champion turkey.  This is a great accomplishment for us and we are very proud that our care and attention have been rewarded. 

 

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MIDDLE WHITE BOAR  MIDDLE WHITE SOW

  
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 The Middle White pig  is one of the rarest breeds.  It is classified by the Rare Breed Survival Trust as category 2 (endangered) which equates to between 100 and 200 sows remaining today.  This breed is very distinctive with the dished face, short nose and pricked ears.  Some people call them beautifully ugly. They are real characters. The middle white is a docile pig which is hardy and easy to manage, making it an ideal smallholders pig.  The piglets mature early and produce succulent pork full of flavour.  

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DEXTER COWS AND CALVES
      

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The Dexter originates from South West Ireland and is a traditional breed of cattle.  The Dexter is the smallest breed of British cattle, standing between 96 and 111 cms at the rump.  There are three colours of Dexter - Black, Red and Dun.  They are a thrifty and hardy dual purpose breed.  They produce excellent quality beef at 15 - 24 months and can also provide quality milk with high levels of butterfat, making excellent cheese and yoghurt.  They can fatten traditionally on grass and hay only. 

 

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MANX LOAGHTAN SHEEP

   
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The Manx Loaghtan sheep, is a primitive breed originating from the Isle of Man.  This breed roamed the hills until the 18th century but by the 1950s numbers had declined to a handful.  Through the dedication of enthusiasts both on the Isle of Man and in England numbers have steadily increased and this breed is classified by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as category 4 (at risk) meaning there are less than 1500 breeding ewes remaining.  We absolutely love this breed they are full of character and extremely hardy.  The lambs are a beautiful chocolate brown when they are born and as they grow the sun bleaches their fleece to paler brown.  Underneath the exterior of the fleece they remain darker.  Their fleeces are prized by hand spinners and weavers.  We rear the lambs to 15 months old for the table and the flavour is outstanding.  

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KUNE KUNE PIGS      

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The Kune Kune pig pronounced Cooney Cooney, was found in New Zealand but it is believed it did not originate from there.  Kune Kune means fat and round in Maori.  This breed first arrived in Britain in 1992.  They are  a delightful, placid, friendly pig and make ideal pets as they thrive on human company.  They are one of the smallest breeds in the world. They are not teacup/miniture pigs. They are very hairy and their coats can be straight or wavy.  They are found in many colours including black, cream, ginger and spotty.  They often have tassels called piri piri under their chin.  Our Kune Kune's are very friendly, always rolling over for a belly rub.   They have a paddock and a warm cosy house with a straw bed as well as a wallow which they love.