Life on Millmoor Farm
This page tries to give you an insight into what it’s like on a modern farm. If you live in a town or city you probably don’t come into contact with farming folk very often, so we thought you might find it interesting to find out what we get up to in the countryside!
If there’s anything you’d particularly like to know, whether it’s because you’ve stayed with us, information you need for a school project or just out of general interest, send us an email and we’ll do our best to cover your question on this page.
Farming never stops! – so there’s always something to see.
But the calendar below will give you a feel for the rhythm of the farming year:
- Feeding the calves – all year round
- Lambing – February
- From 1 January until 1st April, why not enjoy an out of season break to see the unique experience of watching lambs being born. You can view the ewes throughout the day and evening and even help feed the newborn lambs etc. Please note, for medical reasons, this is unsuitable for women who are pregnant.
- Feeding the cade lambs – Mid Feb until the end of March.
(‘Cade lambs’ are orphans that have to be fed by hand – so it’s a great chance to see the lambs up close)
- Ploughing – April / May
- Hay making and silaging – May / June / July and sometimes August. Farming life is very weather dependant! Silaging is a way of preserving grass for the winter by fermenting it in wrapped bales.
Millmoor Farm is a great place to get a feel of what life is like on a modern working farm. We have a calf rearing enterprise and feed the calves twice a day with milk. We also have 500 breeding sheep, rare breeds of chickens and pigs and the stars of the farm, our four Collie dogs – Ted, Jack, Floss and Skye. We also have farm cats Tommy (ginger) and Millhouse (black & white). You can see some pictures of the animals in the gallery above. We also grow arable crops, which are mainly feed for the animals.
Lambing takes place in February and if you would like to participate, guests can help feed any baby orphan lambs on the bottle, collect the hens eggs for breakfast and watch/help feed the baby calves each morning around 7.30 pm. Please also keep hold of any vegetable peelings or stale bread for our pigs. Our 2 goats, Doris (Mum) and Minnie love a stroke and a cuddle too. It is important, however, to stipulate that children must always be supervised whilst on the farm and livestock should not be handled without a member of staff present.
You can watch the animals at Millmoor Farm, and help feed them, too, if you like. Just ask us at any time, and we’ll sort things out. We’ll make sure you’re safe at all times.
Lots to Do!
There’s a children’s play area on the farm. It’s only a short distance from the cottages, so you can easily keep an eye on them while they’re playing.
The countryside around the farm is very attractive, and to help you enjoy it we’ve created a circular walk on the farm. It is reasonably easy, and you won’t need any special walking equipment. There are great views into Wales and Shropshire from most parts of the farm.
Farming and the Environment
We work really hard to look after and improve the ecological aspects of the farm. We’ve planted new hedges, made new ponds, established new bridleways and footpaths – and we’ve even made a hide for badger watching.
Millmoor Farm is a traditional family farm, and we all love living here. This is a great part of the world, and we really enjoy being able to share it with our guests. We have created a dedicated page to explain our environmental commitment.