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 on a tight budget it is imperative that all animals contribute to their keep. Normally this includes animal handling sessions, donkey rides, mobile farm visits to community events and schools, as well as selling our quality farm produce.
At present the Farm site is closed to keep our vulnerable participants safe and animal activities have had to stop as they involve close contact between groups. So we’re facing real financial pressures to keep running during the pandemic. If you’d like to support the Farm and our educational work, you can help with costs to feed and care for our livestock by donating here. You can also help by visiting our online farm shop and purchasing our freshly laid chicken and duck eggs!
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 two different breeds of goat in our herd: Toggenburgs, and Anglo Nubians. When the Farm is open, visitors are welcome to go in to our open yard and say hello to our goats; at present you can still view our goats via the Thames path entrance and have lovely views from the top of their yard.
Sheep – Our flock of sheep are all ewes (or females) and are a rare breed called ‘Oxford Down’. The ewes give birth in the Spring with lambs reared here throughout the year.
Pigs – Our three ginger spotty adult pigs are all rare breed Oxford Sandy & Blacks. The two sows are called Winnie and Marmalade and our boar is called Rupert. The pigs breed seasonally and we often have young piglets that are reared for meat which we bring back to the Farm and sell via our shop.
Donkeys & Pony – We have two donkeys on the Farm, Alice and Hermione, as well as our Miniature Shetland Pony called Kiera. The donkeys and pony give children rides on Saturday afternoons and Kiera 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 that lay eggs for us to sell in our farm shop, plus ducks and geese on our pond.
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