Foraging fodder to feed the cattle

In episode 14 of his farm diaries Adam’s talking about the various forms of forage we gather, how we process them and their purpose. Witness the impressive John Deere Forager in action, discover the difference between hay, silage and straw – there’s some great real world tips here for farming simulator if you play it!

Jumping Cattle, a Suffolk Filly and a young Exmoor Stallion

In episode 13 of his farm diaries, now that they’ve settled in, Adam’s checking in on Lexy and her filly foal, Mayflower. Our jumping White Park cattle get rather excited by a bucket of food and Adam calls over Willow Warbler, our Exmoor Stallion to see how he’s getting on with our mares.

Do we have to shear sheep? Inside the Shearing Shed.

In episode 12 of his farm diaries Adam’s inviting you to join him & Fran for a demonstration in the shearing shed. Learn why we shear sheep, what happens when we don’t, discover the uses for wool and lanolin as well as profits and costs of shearing.

Lexy’s magical surprise filly foal – Suffolk Punch Horses

In episode 11 of his farm diaries Adam’s excited for the arrival of Lexy’s newborn filly foal, Mayflower. Scans showed a likelihood of a colt foal, so Alison must have the magic touch at her stud, leaving Adam pleasantly surprised to receive a gorgeous little Suffolk Horse filly. In a chat with Suffolk Draft Horse breeder Alison Clark, from Holbeache Suffolks, Adam learns about her conservation programme and gets an update on Lexy’s previous foal, Braveheart.

Our Duck believes he’s a Chicken + Our Fancy Fowl Return!

In episode 10 of his farm diaries Adam’s with our Poultry & Waterfowl, talking about the difficulties of the bird flu in 2022, checking in on our frizzle bantams, introducing some of our fancy fowl (including the gorgeous Chamois Padovana) and discussing the benefits of keeping chickens. Adam also shows off our impressive Brahma Cockerel and the importance of his iridescent feathers, as well as telling the interesting tale of Desmond the duck… who thinks he’s a chicken!

2 Breeds of Dartmoor Sheep

In this episode, Fran’s here to talk about her two favourite breeds of sheep, the Whiteface Dartmoor and Greyface Dartmoor. Originally from Devon, find out why our little flock is so special here at Cotswold Farm Park. Learn about the distinguishing features that set these two rare breeds of sheep apart, the ram lamb results of our Valais Blacknose experiments and find out which Fran believes are better for smallholders.

Selling Albion Bulls from a Single Suckler Herd

In episode 9 of his farm diaries Adam’s with our young bulls, TB testing in preparation for an Albion known as ‘Contender’ to move to his new home. You’ll also meet Henry, from one of our county breeds, who came to life through bovine artificial insemination. Adam also explains what we mean by running a ‘single suckler herd’ and we’ll meet some of our newest calves, including one mischievous son of a white Albion cow.

The Perfect replacement for Kune Kune pigs – The Berkshire Pig

Fran’s here to introduce our new set of Berkshire Pigs, 2 sows and an impressive boar named ‘Freight Train’. They replaced our Kune Kune pigs a few years back, when Fran (raised in Berkshire) campaigned for their place on the Farm Park. Learn about the distinguishing features of this rare breed of pig, why it fell out of favour and meet one of our sow’s first litter of piglets.

My Guide to Keeping Goats

In episode 8 of his farm diaries, Adam’s here to give you advice and guidance before you invest in owning or farming goats. There are a few reasons to rear goats, so whether you want to keep them as pets or raise them for meat/milk production, here is a list of things you need to consider.

Saved from Extinction – North Ronaldsay Sheep

Fran’s here to tell the tale of the North Ronaldsay sheep, who survived by adapting to a diet of seaweed and kelp. With the beaches of just one Orkney Island their home, just off the north coast of Scotland, hear how Joe Henson, Adam’s father and founder of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, saved this rare breed from potential extinction. Fran also explains why we have to be particularly watchful of the level of copper in their diet.

Cultivating Cotswold Brash for Spring Barley & Wildflower Meadows

In episode 7 of his farm diaries, Adam’s checking in our Spring Barley crop, explaining the benefits of reduced soil compaction ( thanks to the new John Deere 8RX 410) and the difficulties of farming on Cotswold brash. Adam’s then reminded of his younger days, as there’s an old Kubota tractor over seeding our wildflower meadows – perfect for pollinators.

25 Years Building a Campsite – The Evolution of Cotswold Glamping

In episode 6 of his farm diaries, Adam’s joins his business partner, Duncan Andrews, to discuss the 25 year journey of newly renamed ‘Cotswold Farm Park Holidays’. Take a tour around the brand new Songbird Safari Tents and discover why we believe they’re the best glamping tents in the Cotswolds!

Friendly Shetlands, Perfect for Smallholders!

When Fran is asked about the perfect sheep for smallholdings/homesteads, the friendly Shetlands always come to mind. Fran is also checking in the smallest of our Castlemilk Moorit newborns.

Super Cute Kittens & Kids

There’s lots of new life on the park this week, so Fran has enlisted the help of Charlie to move an adorable litter of rabbit kittens. Kidding is coming to an end and we’re now prepping for bottle feeding in a few weeks, so Fran is checking in on the pet lambs and kids to make sure they’re getting enough milk.

Meet Our New Exmoor Stallion + Update on Lexy

In episode 5 of his farm diaries, Adam’s over in Barton Bushes, an area of SSSI talking about his favourite breed of equine, the Exmoor Pony. Adam further introduces our new Exmoor stallion as well as checking in on Lexy and Victoria, our Suffolk Punch mares.

Our 5 Breeds of British Cattle

In episode 4 of his farm diaries, Adam’s talking about our 5 native breeds of cattle, the Highland, Dairy Shorthorn, White Park, Gloucester and rarest of all, the Albion.

Lambs ready to go to the field!

In episode 3 of his farm diaries, Adam’s enlisted the help of Ellen, our shepherdess, to turn some lambs out who are ready for the field.

How we support our farmland birds through the hungry gap

In this episode Adam explains the importance of our field margins, maintaining a habitat for our native feathered friends and supporting them through the hungry gap.

Lambing 101 & Ewe Nutrition

This is the first in a brand new series, where Adam Henson will be inviting you to learn all about our park and wider farm.

In this episode of our Adam’s farm diaries, Adam discusses the importance of ewe nutrition and covers the basics of lambing season.

Nannies need their Nails done

Fran is giving our goats their quarterly pedicure!

Autumnal Lambing???

Fran is on her way to see our Poll Dorsets, who are expecting to give birth in just a few short weeks!

The birth of Prince’s first daughter!

Fran is in our Highland paddock with Roseanna, as she gives birth to Prince the Bull’s first heifer.

Signs of life – Candling

Fran is in our Discovery Barn, checking our incubators for signs of life.

Why does Ellen have a rainbow litter?

Fran is with Ellen, one of our Iron Age sows, who has had a rather peculiar litter of piglets.

Lexy’s home with foal ‘Braveheart’!

Fran is on our rare breed walkway ready to welcome home Lexy (our Suffolk Punch mare) and her foal Braveheart.

How to catch and deworm goat kids?

In order to administer their worm preventing medicine, Fran’s enlisted the help of Molly, Dave and her young sheep dog Blue to help round up our Boer goats.

Prince’s first calf!

Fran’s in with our Highlands to meet Prince’s first son as well as delivering some great news for our Gloucester cattle.

We’ve got new chickens!

Fran’s introducing three new breeds of chicken to their new home. There’s also a sigh of relief as we’ve finally found a new Brahma cockerel.

4 tips on becoming a farmer

This week Fran returns to talk to about a career in farming. Sharing her own journey and some tips she’s learnt along the way.

Dobby the friendly Kerry & rare breed lambs

This week Fran returns to introduce us to Dobby, her previously bottle fed Kerry Hill, and we discover some completely new additions to the park.

We have a new goat breed!

Fran is joined by Ella to introduce our latest additions – a new goat breed! Fran also assists in the birth of a single lamb who’s stuck in a tricky position.

Our rabbit Houdini has done it again!

We’ve had a surprise litter of kittens and Fran’s in our Discovery Barn to explain why… you’ll also be introduced to our new breed on the farm, the Continental Giant rabbit!

Pauline’s given birth to 9 Large black piglets

Fran’s headed over to our barns to welcome our latest arrivals, 9 Large Black piglets! Discover what makes our choice of farrow crate ‘high welfare’.

Disaster story for Lamb

Fran’s checking in on Lamb, the bottle fed Greyface Dartmoor, as we have some sad news about his adoption.

Caring for Rabbits & How to do a Health Check

Fran’s in our Discovery Barn checking in on our Rabbits. Thinking of having rabbits/care for some yourself? Fran’s here to help guide you through a routine health check.

Our Chickens are in lockdown too

Fran’s in our Discovery Barn explaining why our chickens are inside. We’ll also be talking eggs and introducing you to our peculiar duck Desmond.

Lamb has a new mum!

Fran revisits our Greyface Dartmoors now lambing has finished. We’ll also be introduced to our particularly joyful lamb’s new mum.

A particularly joyful Greyface Dartmoor lamb

Fran introduces us to a particularly joyful Greyface Dartmoor lamb, she’ll also be talking through the good and the bad of our lambing so far and we’ll be asking you for help at the end.

Lexi & Victoria return

Fran introduces our Suffolk Punch mares & explains why they’ve been missing all summer!

Billies & Nannies

Fran introduces our goat Billies & Nannies, explaining how we identify our kidding schedule and why Lionel is especially smelly!

Lambs, Foals & Calves

Fran introduces our expectant Poll Dorset ewes, our new Exmoor Foal and we have some fantastic news about our cattle!

Adam – Fun Ride – June

Adam Henson welcomes participants to Cotswold Farm Park for our June 2020 Fun Rides, a marvellous weekend had by all.

Adam – Lockdown update

Adam talks post lockdown, Prince the Highland bull & Nigella, an Exmoor foal, Neddy the donkey, Victoria the Suffolk Punch mare and a friendly Shetland.

Foraging fodder to feed the cattle

In episode 14 of his farm diaries Adam’s talking about the various forms of forage we gather, how we process them and their purpose. Witness the impressive John Deere Forager in action, discover the difference between hay, silage and straw – there’s some great real world tips here for farming simulator if you play it!

Jumping Cattle, a Suffolk Filly and a young Exmoor Stallion

In episode 13 of his farm diaries, now that they’ve settled in, Adam’s checking in on Lexy and her filly foal, Mayflower. Our jumping White Park cattle get rather excited by a bucket of food and Adam calls over Willow Warbler, our Exmoor Stallion to see how he’s getting on with our mares.

Do we have to shear sheep? Inside the Shearing Shed.

In episode 12 of his farm diaries Adam’s inviting you to join him & Fran for a demonstration in the shearing shed. Learn why we shear sheep, what happens when we don’t, discover the uses for wool and lanolin as well as profits and costs of shearing.

Lexy’s magical surprise filly foal – Suffolk Punch Horses

In episode 11 of his farm diaries Adam’s excited for the arrival of Lexy’s newborn filly foal, Mayflower. Scans showed a likelihood of a colt foal, so Alison must have the magic touch at her stud, leaving Adam pleasantly surprised to receive a gorgeous little Suffolk Horse filly. In a chat with Suffolk Draft Horse breeder Alison Clark, from Holbeache Suffolks, Adam learns about her conservation programme and gets an update on Lexy’s previous foal, Braveheart.

Our Duck believes he’s a Chicken + Our Fancy Fowl Return!

In episode 10 of his farm diaries Adam’s with our Poultry & Waterfowl, talking about the difficulties of the bird flu in 2022, checking in on our frizzle bantams, introducing some of our fancy fowl (including the gorgeous Chamois Padovana) and discussing the benefits of keeping chickens. Adam also shows off our impressive Brahma Cockerel and the importance of his iridescent feathers, as well as telling the interesting tale of Desmond the duck… who thinks he’s a chicken!

2 Breeds of Dartmoor Sheep

In this episode, Fran’s here to talk about her two favourite breeds of sheep, the Whiteface Dartmoor and Greyface Dartmoor. Originally from Devon, find out why our little flock is so special here at Cotswold Farm Park. Learn about the distinguishing features that set these two rare breeds of sheep apart, the ram lamb results of our Valais Blacknose experiments and find out which Fran believes are better for smallholders.

Selling Albion Bulls from a Single Suckler Herd

In episode 9 of his farm diaries Adam’s with our young bulls, TB testing in preparation for an Albion known as ‘Contender’ to move to his new home. You’ll also meet Henry, from one of our county breeds, who came to life through bovine artificial insemination. Adam also explains what we mean by running a ‘single suckler herd’ and we’ll meet some of our newest calves, including one mischievous son of a white Albion cow.

The Perfect replacement for Kune Kune pigs – The Berkshire Pig

Fran’s here to introduce our new set of Berkshire Pigs, 2 sows and an impressive boar named ‘Freight Train’. They replaced our Kune Kune pigs a few years back, when Fran (raised in Berkshire) campaigned for their place on the Farm Park. Learn about the distinguishing features of this rare breed of pig, why it fell out of favour and meet one of our sow’s first litter of piglets.

My Guide to Keeping Goats

In episode 8 of his farm diaries, Adam’s here to give you advice and guidance before you invest in owning or farming goats. There are a few reasons to rear goats, so whether you want to keep them as pets or raise them for meat/milk production, here is a list of things you need to consider.

Saved from Extinction – North Ronaldsay Sheep

Fran’s here to tell the tale of the North Ronaldsay sheep, who survived by adapting to a diet of seaweed and kelp. With the beaches of just one Orkney Island their home, just off the north coast of Scotland, hear how Joe Henson, Adam’s father and founder of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, saved this rare breed from potential extinction. Fran also explains why we have to be particularly watchful of the level of copper in their diet.

Cultivating Cotswold Brash for Spring Barley & Wildflower Meadows

In episode 7 of his farm diaries, Adam’s checking in our Spring Barley crop, explaining the benefits of reduced soil compaction ( thanks to the new John Deere 8RX 410) and the difficulties of farming on Cotswold brash. Adam’s then reminded of his younger days, as there’s an old Kubota tractor over seeding our wildflower meadows – perfect for pollinators.

25 Years Building a Campsite – The Evolution of Cotswold Glamping

In episode 6 of his farm diaries, Adam’s joins his business partner, Duncan Andrews, to discuss the 25 year journey of newly renamed ‘Cotswold Farm Park Holidays’. Take a tour around the brand new Songbird Safari Tents and discover why we believe they’re the best glamping tents in the Cotswolds!

Friendly Shetlands, Perfect for Smallholders!

When Fran is asked about the perfect sheep for smallholdings/homesteads, the friendly Shetlands always come to mind. Fran is also checking in the smallest of our Castlemilk Moorit newborns.

Super Cute Kittens & Kids

There’s lots of new life on the park this week, so Fran has enlisted the help of Charlie to move an adorable litter of rabbit kittens. Kidding is coming to an end and we’re now prepping for bottle feeding in a few weeks, so Fran is checking in on the pet lambs and kids to make sure they’re getting enough milk.

Meet Our New Exmoor Stallion + Update on Lexy

In episode 5 of his farm diaries, Adam’s over in Barton Bushes, an area of SSSI talking about his favourite breed of equine, the Exmoor Pony. Adam further introduces our new Exmoor stallion as well as checking in on Lexy and Victoria, our Suffolk Punch mares.

Our 5 Breeds of British Cattle

In episode 4 of his farm diaries, Adam’s talking about our 5 native breeds of cattle, the Highland, Dairy Shorthorn, White Park, Gloucester and rarest of all, the Albion.

Lambs ready to go to the field!

In episode 3 of his farm diaries, Adam’s enlisted the help of Ellen, our shepherdess, to turn some lambs out who are ready for the field.

How we support our farmland birds through the hungry gap

In this episode Adam explains the importance of our field margins, maintaining a habitat for our native feathered friends and supporting them through the hungry gap.

Lambing 101 & Ewe Nutrition

This is the first in a brand new series, where Adam Henson will be inviting you to learn all about our park and wider farm.

In this episode of our Adam’s farm diaries, Adam discusses the importance of ewe nutrition and covers the basics of lambing season.

Nannies need their Nails done

Fran is giving our goats their quarterly pedicure!

Autumnal Lambing???

Fran is on her way to see our Poll Dorsets, who are expecting to give birth in just a few short weeks!

The birth of Prince’s first daughter!

Fran is in our Highland paddock with Roseanna, as she gives birth to Prince the Bull’s first heifer.

Signs of life – Candling

Fran is in our Discovery Barn, checking our incubators for signs of life.

Why does Ellen have a rainbow litter?

Fran is with Ellen, one of our Iron Age sows, who has had a rather peculiar litter of piglets.

Lexy’s home with foal ‘Braveheart’!

Fran is on our rare breed walkway ready to welcome home Lexy (our Suffolk Punch mare) and her foal Braveheart.

How to catch and deworm goat kids?

In order to administer their worm preventing medicine, Fran’s enlisted the help of Molly, Dave and her young sheep dog Blue to help round up our Boer goats.

Prince’s first calf!

Fran’s in with our Highlands to meet Prince’s first son as well as delivering some great news for our Gloucester cattle.

We’ve got new chickens!

Fran’s introducing three new breeds of chicken to their new home. There’s also a sigh of relief as we’ve finally found a new Brahma cockerel.

4 tips on becoming a farmer

This week Fran returns to talk to about a career in farming. Sharing her own journey and some tips she’s learnt along the way.

Dobby the friendly Kerry & rare breed lambs

This week Fran returns to introduce us to Dobby, her previously bottle fed Kerry Hill, and we discover some completely new additions to the park.

We have a new goat breed!

Fran is joined by Ella to introduce our latest additions – a new goat breed! Fran also assists in the birth of a single lamb who’s stuck in a tricky position.

Our rabbit Houdini has done it again!

We’ve had a surprise litter of kittens and Fran’s in our Discovery Barn to explain why… you’ll also be introduced to our new breed on the farm, the Continental Giant rabbit!

Pauline’s given birth to 9 Large black piglets

Fran’s headed over to our barns to welcome our latest arrivals, 9 Large Black piglets! Discover what makes our choice of farrow crate ‘high welfare’.

Disaster story for Lamb

Fran’s checking in on Lamb, the bottle fed Greyface Dartmoor, as we have some sad news about his adoption.

Caring for Rabbits & How to do a Health Check

Fran’s in our Discovery Barn checking in on our Rabbits. Thinking of having rabbits/care for some yourself? Fran’s here to help guide you through a routine health check.

Our Chickens are in lockdown too

Fran’s in our Discovery Barn explaining why our chickens are inside. We’ll also be talking eggs and introducing you to our peculiar duck Desmond.

Lamb has a new mum!

Fran revisits our Greyface Dartmoors now lambing has finished. We’ll also be introduced to our particularly joyful lamb’s new mum.

A particularly joyful Greyface Dartmoor lamb

Fran introduces us to a particularly joyful Greyface Dartmoor lamb, she’ll also be talking through the good and the bad of our lambing so far and we’ll be asking you for help at the end.

Lexi & Victoria return

Fran introduces our Suffolk Punch mares & explains why they’ve been missing all summer!

Billies & Nannies

Fran introduces our goat Billies & Nannies, explaining how we identify our kidding schedule and why Lionel is especially smelly!

Lambs, Foals & Calves

Fran introduces our expectant Poll Dorset ewes, our new Exmoor Foal and we have some fantastic news about our cattle!

Adam – Fun Ride – June

Adam Henson welcomes participants to Cotswold Farm Park for our June 2020 Fun Rides, a marvellous weekend had by all.

Adam – Lockdown update

Adam talks post lockdown, Prince the Highland bull & Nigella, an Exmoor foal, Neddy the donkey, Victoria the Suffolk Punch mare and a friendly Shetland.