We are developing our farm life here at Coughton Court. Do bring your children along to enjoy them.
We keep Jacob sheep here. It is believed that they take their name from the story told in the Old Testament Book of Genesis of how Jacob became a selective breeder of pied sheep. They are very hardy and generally have little trouble lambing. The ram which was used this year had a very black colour and that can be seen in his lambs.
The sheep have been moved from the front into their lambing paddock. They are then moved inside when they are actually lambing to give the lambs the best start in life. After a few days we move them outside again to enjoy the grass as well as the milk from their mother.
We now have Longhorn Cattle that can be found grazing on one of the fields over the bridge from the gardens. They are a very ancient breed, having been around since the sixteenth century. Although their long horns can make them appear agressive they are usually a friendly breed. Originally a draught and milk animal they are now used for beef but are still on the 'rare breeds' list despite being the oldest registered breed of cattle in the world.
We have recently bought some laying hens. Once they have settled in they will be allowed to roam "Free Range" to improve their quality of life and improve the taste of their eggs. The main breed here is Rhode Island Red which were originaly bred in Rhode Island in USA. They lay lots of light brown eggs and are a placid breed.