Home Farm triumphs at the Cheshire show!
One Home Farm resident is tickled pink with her recent brush with fame. Tatton Violet, a lovely russett Red Poll heifer came top of her class at last week’s Cheshire Show.
Two year old heifer Tatton Violet won her class (against cows of a similar age) and was also awarded ‘Reserve Champion Red Poll.’ This is the first time that the Cheshire Show has held specific classes for Red Polls, highlighting the increasing popularity of the breed.
There was also success for a number of other Home Farm animals. Red Poll heifer Tulip came second and third in her classes. The farm’s poultry had something to crow about – winning a first place for a coloured call duck and two seconds, a third and a fourth place for the other rare breed poultry taken to the show.
Making her Cheshire show debut was Berkshire sow Beatrix. Beatrix brought home the bacon by winning in her class and being awarded ‘Reserve Champion’ in the inter-breed championship, where she was competing against many other pig breeds.
Neighing approval from the stands were Clydesdale horses Blossom and Finn who also performed three ridden heavy horse demonstrations to large crowds in the countryside arena. This is the third time the horses have been asked to demonstrate at the show.
The farm has competed at the annual agricultural show for many years. It took place this year on Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22 in Tabley.
Preparations for the show are intense – the cattle are halter trained daily to give them confidence for their time in the ring and all animals are shampooed, washed and groomed to perfection.
Farm manager, Jayne Chapman said: “A lot of hard work goes into our preparations for the show. As always, the animals were a real credit to the farm. Whilst it is wonderful to win prizes we were also delighted to be able to showcase our rare breed animals and to share our enthusiasm for conserving and protecting rare breeds.”
Visitors are able to see the award-winning farm animals during normal opening times or may wish to visit on Rare Breeds Weekend event on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17. Normal opening times and prices apply.
Home Farm is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).
Prices – Adult £5, child £3 (five-15 years), family £13 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton tickets (entry to mansion, gardens and farm): adult £8, child £4, family £20. Group discounts for 12 or more people available if booked in advance. National Trust members pay 50% entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies.
Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.