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How the animals of Old Holly Farm cope with the rigours of wintertime

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As temperatures plummet it is not just us humans who are bedding down with extra layers.

The animals at Old Holly Farm at Cabus are also settling down to keep the arctic winds at bay.

The calves - born in the Autumn - are coming in from the fields and the pigs are building nests of hay to keep themselves warm in the winter.

Meanwhile the farm is welcoming pregnant sheep which have grown thick coats and have been brought down from the Lake District to escape the bitter weather on the fells.

The donkeys, Paul and Ginger, are taking a well earned rest after the summer’s donkey rides, and three reindeer are paying a visit, taking a break from their festive duties.

Farm manager Alison Pye says: “Donner and Blitzen have been away with Father Christmas but they get a good rest here. He comes to get them on Christmas Eve and we give them a special Christmas dinner when they come back.

“Reindeer would usually feed on mushrooms in their natural habitat so carrots are a real treat for them.

“All our animals are well looked after. The donkeys get apples - it is all good fun.”

In the farm sheds, the chicks and rabbit snuggle under heat lamps.

The sheep will return to the Lake District in the spring, ready for lambing season, when the climate turns milder and the calves, born on the farm in the Autumn, are ready to live outside.

Throughout the year, Old Holly Farm is open to the public.

For opening times and information visit www.oldhollyfarm.com

 

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