Here at Surrey Docks Farm we pride ourselves in the way we raise our livestock. All our animals are farmed to free range standards and given the best possible welfare.
From the smallest honeybee to the largest cow, as a working farm on a tight budget it is imperative that all animals contribute to their keep. We sell our quality farm produce on-site all year round. Pop into the farm shop to see what seasonal produce is for sale this week!
People often ask us which animals we have on site that they can come and visit, find out more about our livestock via the links below:
Goats – We have a small herd of nanny goats that live in our open yard. We have three different breeds of goat in our herd: Toggenburgs, Anglo Nubians and Boer goats. Visitors are welcome to go in the yard and say hello to our goats. Please be calm and quiet around our goats as they are due to kid in April.
Sheep – Our flock of sheep include large Oxford Down ewes and smaller Southdown ewes. We also have a ram who is in his own pen, his name is Saxon. The ewes are pregnant and we’re expecting lambs to be born from mid-February time.
Pigs – We currently have five ginger spotty grower pigs, this breed is called Oxford Sandy & Black. The growers were born at another farm and came here at 8 weeks old in early November 2017. The two females will stay here as our breeding sows and are called Winnie and Marmalade. The three boars will go for meat when older.
Cows – We don’t have any cows on site at present as we’re updating our cow housing. Thanks to Ardmore, Southwark Construction Skills Centre apprentices and The Worshipdul Company of Farmers for sponsoring this upgrade. Once the work is complete we’ll be purchasing two calves, hopefully in Spring time.
Donkeys & Pony – We have two donkeys on the Farm, Alice and Hermione, as well as our Miniature Shetland Pony called Keira. The donkeys and pony give children rides on Saturday afternoons and Keira is often the star of our mobile farm events!
Poultry – We have all the usual farm birds on our site, including a flock of free-range chickens and ducks that lay eggs for us to sell in our farm shop, plus geese and turkeys.
Small Animals – Our rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets are very popular. They take part in animal handling sessions in the holidays and are the perfect travel size to go on our outreach sessions to local community groups. We also have two farm cats on site!
Bees – The farm has it’s own Apiary which is set-up in the farm orchard, along with an excellent bee shed which we use for beekeeping courses, beginners tasting sessions and the general running of an Apiary
If you want to keep up to date with what’s happening out with our farm animals this is the page to watch. Claire, our Livestock Manager is the lady behind the lens and updates the photo feed via Instagram pretty much daily.