Animals

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.

As a working farm and education charity running on a tight budget, all the animals help contribute to their keep. This includes activities like animal handling sessions, mobile farm visits to community events and schools, as well as selling our quality farm produce.

Over the last two years we’ve had to vastly reduce our animal activities due to the pandemic, as such the Farm continues to face huge financial pressures to keep running and remain open for free to visitors. If you’d like to support the Farm, you can help contribute to the increasing costs of feeding and caring for our livestock by donating or buying a gift via our wishlist, full details here.

 

Find out more about our livestock and the animals you can meet when visiting the Farm via the links below:

Goats – We have a small herd of nanny goats that live in our yard in the centre of the Farm. Several of the nanny goats are pregnant and due to kid this Spring.

Sheep – We have a flock of sheep which include rare-breed Oxford Down ewes, some mixed-breed commercial ewes and a couple of Zwartbles ewes. Several of our ewes are pregnant and due to lamb this Spring. Each Spring we also take on lambs from commercial farms that were either triplets or orphans and need bottle-feeding. 

Pigs – We currently have two adult pigs for breeding, one Middle White boar and one Berkshire sow. We also have their most recent litter of piglets who are now really big!

Cows – We have two cows on the Farm, they are Aberdeen Angus cross males and are about a year old. 

Pony & Donkeys – We have a cheeky Miniature Shetland Pony called Kiera, she is often the star of our mobile farm events! We also have two donkeys through the Donkey Sanctuaries guardian scheme, the mother called Snowy and her daughter Fidget.

Poultry – We have a flock of free-range Brahma chickens in the aviary near the orchard and several ducks and geese that live by the duck pond. The chickens and ducks lay eggs for us to sell in our farm shop. 

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. 

Bees – The Farm has it’s own apiary with several bee hives in the orchard. In the Summer we offer beginner beekeeping taster sessions and in the Autumn we harvest the honey and sell this through the farm shop.

 

Updated March 2024
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