Sugar and spice and all things nice…
Mum, Sugar, added some spice to her life on Thursday 29 April when she calved a beautiful bull calf, named, sweetly enough, Spice!
Sugar came to Home Farm in 2007 and Spice (or ‘Tatton Red Spice’ to quote his full breeding name) is her first calf. Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager commented “we are delighted to have bred, to our knowledge, the very first Red Dexter at Home Farm. Mum and son have bonded very swiftly and Sugar is making the sweetest mum!”
Dexters are one of the smallest of European cattle breeds, originating from South-western Ireland. Dexters are a ‘dual purpose’ breed (used for both milk and meat) and come in three colours: black, dun and finally red, such as those at Tatton.
They were introduced to England in the late nineteenth century and, after a significant slump in their numbers during the mid to late twentieth century, are now beginning to re-establish themselves as a popular breed, partly due to their unusual size – the adults stand approximately 1 metre at the shoulder.
Spice himself is about the size of a Labrador at the moment – and he won’t be getting a great deal taller! He is currently a gorgeous cinnamon/butterscotch colour but will steadily turn more russet red, like his mother.
Sugar and Spice have been enjoying the spring sunshine over the last few days and are available for all our visitors to see in the Stableyard, during opening times.
The Farm is open in high season (until 3rd October) from Tuesday to Sunday 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm). 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 (£5 from 27th March).
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.
Forthcoming events at the Farm include Sheep Shearing at the Farm on Bank Holiday Monday May 31st. Usual entry times and prices apply. Visit our website for further information or call 01625 374400.