We are happy for guests to wander up to the farm and watch the afternoon milking. We start around 4.00 pm and usually finish around 5.30 pm. Paul and Georgie milk most afternoons and Paul’s happy to answer any questions you have about the cows, the milking process and, in particular, the current milk price, so don’t be shy. Many guests are amazed at just how big the cows are when you see them up close rather than viewing a herd in a field as you drive past.
Jo aims to feed the calves at about 5.00 pm each afternoon and you’re welcome to help pour the milk, re-fill water buckets and top up the calf feed.
The hens living near the glamping site need feeding once a day and guests are welcome to come up to collect chicken feed in the afternoons at calf feeding time.
During spring we buy in some lambs and they are bottle fed 3-4 times a day – early morning, lunchtime, afternoon and the dreaded night feed. All extra help welcome (particularly the night feed though we never seem to have any volunteers for this!).
If you miss the calf feeding at 5.00 pm, you are welcome to pop up and visit the calves in the barn at any time during the day.
Our small herd of Hereford cattle live at Durlston Country Park in Swanage – 300 acres of cliff top walks with a visitor centre and restaurant. If you visit, look out for our cattle and report back to us! We visit regularly but the rangers at Durlston check the cattle daily and move them from field to field.