Udderly gorgeous new arrival at the farm!
Tatton farm staff were delighted to find the udderly delightful new arrival, a little male calf, named Jimmy, during their early morning round – not least because he has arrived a week early!
Although she had calved before, this is Lou Lou’s first Tatton-born calf. Lou is a charming five -year-old Jersey cow who was bought by the farm last year to make the small herd of native milking breeds complete. The farm is already home to three other native dairy breeds – Ayrshire, Guernsey and dairy shorthorn.
The Jersey is prized for the high quality and butterfat content of its milk. The breed originated in the Channel island of Jersey. Today, the Jersey is the only cattle breed allowed on the island in order to maintain the purity of the breed.
Like his mum, Jimmy is a lovely fawn colour and already seems to have inherited some of her easy-going nature and sweet temperament. He has been cuddling up in the straw in the cowshed and enjoying the sunshine. Lou Lou is producing lots of lovely, thick Jersey cream for him, so much so that there is a surplus for the farm’s bottle-fed newborn lambs!
Visitors will be able to watch daily milking demonstrations in the farm’s milking parlour or ‘shippon’ throughout the summer holidays. The shippon was newly re-displayed last year after months of renovation. In the future it is hoped that all four dairy breeds will be milked here and that staff will also be able to give demonstrations of butter churning and cheese making.
The shippon development is just one of many new activities at the farm, which opened for high season at the end of March. New this year are a woodland play trail (with wobble boards, clatterbridges, balance beams and a bubble tunnel), den building in the woods and indoor and outdoor storytelling areas.
Farm manager, Jayne Chapman said: “Jimmy is just another reason for our visitors to come see us soon. He truly is the crème de la crème. Like Lou Lou he is sure to receive a lot of attention from our visitors –the gorgeous mother and son will no doubt milk all the attention!”
Home Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open for high season (until October 28, 2012) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).
High season prices for single attraction entry: adult £5.50, child £3.50 (aged four to 15 years of age), family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £10, child (aged four to 15) £5, family (two adults and up to three children) £25.
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.
Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.