Our fabulous shearer has been and sheared all the sheep so everyone is feeling much better now!
Thanks to Rachel and James Metcalfe from Greenhills Pedigree North Country Cheviot.
We have a new tup at the farm [boy sheep]. He is called Flynn and is a Manx Loaghtan. As you can see he has 3 rather large horns! Manx Loaghtan are classed as rare breed due to low population numbers.
We have a new mob of Meerkats from Greenacre Animal Park in Wales. We have 8 new meerkats. They consist of 2 girls Yzma and Ursula and 6 boys Gaston, Scar, Jafar, Hook, Hopper and Hans! We can’t wait until we can reopen for you all to see them! Don’t worry we still have Twinkle and Montgomery, our original meerkats, they are very happy but obviously live separately to the new mob to avoid any territorial disputes.
While we have been closed, we have been trying to think of new ways to engage with children while school visits are cancelled. We decided to make lots of videos to show off our animals and their characters and to bring our farm into the classroom. We put a post on our Facebook page asking teachers to get in touch if they wanted some free resources. We were totally inundated and had requests from all over the UK, Europe, the Middle East and even as far away as the Philippines and New Zealand!
We have had some lovely feedback and was even featured on BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Look North!
The videos we have made are all below:
Nursery Rhyme Collection (with Rachel from Baby and Toddler Singalong and Sign)
Answering Children’s Questions video [New!]
All our free resources are available on our Facebook page, click the link below:
Wigfield Farm is set in Worsbrough, Barnsley and has three main functions:
A large part of the practical tasks during the week are actually undertaken by students following one of our many programmes of study giving them a real working environment to develop their skills and knowledge.
The farm is situated approximately 2 miles south-west of Barnsley next to Worsbrough Country Park. It is near to the Dove Valley Trail section of the Trans-Pennine Trail, and provides a perfect visitor attraction for adults and children.
We have a wide range of animals including meerkats, cows, goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys, pigs, sheep, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and much more. There is also a rodent room and an aquatics room featuring many different varieties of fish and other aquatic life.
Our students take a walk on the wild side in our exotics room where they care for and study a variety of reptiles. Although this area isn’t open to the public, you can view our reptiles, snakes and lizards at public events or as part of a VIP animal experience.
The farm operates a café serving light lunches, snacks and refreshments as well as a varied souvenir shop.