Animal Feeding Rounds with Farmer Rob are the highlight for children of all ages on a family holiday at Cwmcrwth Farm.
Animal Feeding Rounds
Farmer Rob loves having help from adults and children with his animal feeding rounds in the mornings. He starts about 8.30am on weekdays, 8am on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Feeding rounds take place every day from February Half Term through to the end of October Half Term and last about an hour. For stays from from November to early February guests are welcome to visit the animals we have on site unaccompanied.
Hands on with the Animals
We tend to follow the same general routine during animal feeding rounds to help build the children’s confidence during their stay. Starting with the smaller animals in pets corner. Here children and adults are able to stroke the rabbits, feel their whiskers and treat them with dandelion leaves. They can feed the guinea pigs carrots while holding them and touch a chicken’s feathers and crown. If they are very brave they can hold the bantam chickens Pearl, Clementine and Molly.
Depending on the time of year you visit we may have lambs to bottle feed. Bottle feeding the lambs is a huge hit. The children quickly choose their favourite lamb, giving it a name and cuddling it throughout their stay. As our lambs are generally from quads or triplets their sizes vary making them ideal for toddlers to teenagers. Come in mid March to mid May for bottle feeding. From mid April we begin halter training the lambs and then it’s time for “lamb on a lead” when the children love leading their lamb to the field each morning. This carries on until October half term.
Farmer Rob’s favourite animals are pigs and he loves the rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black pigs. Having cut back his farming herd. He now has 2 young breeding sows Bethan and Cerys and a fine boar called Rhodri. We aim to have litters at Easter, May Half Term and the main summer holidays. Guests love holding the new born piglets. The piglets love a tickle behind their ear and snuffle your wellies. You can help feed them and clean out their pen and even touch their curly tails.
If the chickens are feeling generous they may lay eggs to collect for breakfast. Children love opening the nest box to see who has laid an egg but only after they have let the chickens out for a run and fed them a tasty breakfast.
We have 6 rare breed Golden Guernsey goats named Heidi, Daisy, Jemima, Jethro, Jasper and Freddie who love to feed from buckets. On dry days we lead them out to the field.
Millie and Dom are always hungry. On dry days the children lead them to the field and on wet days we feed them in their stable or barn. In addition the children get the chance to groom the donkeys and catch a ride one morning.
We have 2 alpacas Sergio and Paulo who we lead to the field on dry days. They usually live with either the lambs or goats for company during the day and most of the time come into the stable at night. During a the week we try to take them on a mini trek around the play area or up the drive with our guests if the weather is dry.
Farmer Rob also takes the children to visit the Highland Cattle one morning. They get up close and sometimes they get chance to comb their long hair.
If the children work hard there might even be a quad bike or tractor ride thrown in!