This little piggy went to market … | Knutsford Times

This little piggy went to market …

By on September 23, 2009

This annual event, which showcases the finest rare breeds in the region, took place in Chelford, near Knutsford on Saturday 19th September.

Tatton Park Farm staff were delighted to see two Red Poll cows gain two fantastic awards: 2nd prize for Tatton Una and 3rd prize for Tatton Tansy.  They were awarded these results ahead of hundreds of rare breed cattle from all over the region.

The Show and Sale event is an opportunity to showcase the quality of Home Farm livestock and to provide new homes for some of Tatton’s rare breeds.  A number of animals have now happily trotted off to pastures new in order to strengthen the rare breed stock at other farms in the region.

Heifer Tatton Una was sold for a hefty £610 and Katie, a five year old Red Poll made £820.  Lenny, the Farm’s much-loved Leicester Longwool ram was sold for a tremendous 190 guineas (1 guinea is the equivalent of £1.05).  The Tatton poultry was successful also – gaining a sound £24 for each rare breed Buff Orpington bird.
Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager commented “we’re delighted that the breeders recognise the quality of our livestock and the Tatton Home Farm ‘brand’.  These awards and prizes are a real testament to our hard work and our fabulous animals!”

One very special cow did not make her reserve – although the highest bid was a significant £880!  Farm staff are secretly pleased that they get to keep the loveable Tatton Tansy for another year.  This cow won first prize at the Cheshire Show and is currently in calf.

One former Home Farm resident has been gaining celebrity status – in Germany!  Jubilee Jester, or JJ, is a Shire who was sold to a German breeder in 2007.  He has just been awarded a 3rd prize in a national agricultural show in Dudelhof, Germany.  Jayne commented “We’re very proud of our globe trotting trotter and are so happy to see him thriving and helping to promote his breed (and Tatton) in far-flung places!

The next Farm event is Harvest Festival on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September from 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Harvest Blessing takes place on both days at 2pm. Prices: Adults £4.50, Child £2.50 (2-15 years of age), Family £11.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children).  National Trust members pay 50% entry to the Farm.  Park entry charge £4.50 per car.

Totally Tatton Ticket: ONE ticket to the Mansion, Gardens and Farm.  This ticket can be used on another day if one or more of the attractions are not visited (park entry applies).  Adult £7, Child £3.50, Family £17

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