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IMG_5284Looking for our goats? Our herd have moved from their shady enclosure at the centre of the farm to the corner field opposite our chickens. They’ve been enjoying the ample opportunities to sunbathe and more space to greet passing visitors! You’ll also notice the fence on this field has been augmented in preparation for the goats as some of our goats stand rather tall!

Last, but certainly not least, a huge thank you to all of the staff, volunteers and corporate teams who have helped with this work and will be helping with the transformation to come! To find out more about how you and your team can lend a hand at Mudchute, visit our website.

As for their former pen, watch this space!

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There are two cute newcomers in Pets Corner. Meet our new Middle White piglet sisters! The pair join us from Hadleigh Farm and are just starting to settle into life at Mudchute.

An adult middle white sow.

An adult middle white sow.

The Middle White is a native and rare breed of pig with notable prick ears and a snub nose. The breed was known as “The London Porker” because of high demand for Middle White pork in the capital, but today these sisters are among the only Middle White pigs in London. The breed trace their roots to 1852 Keighley Agricultural Show in West Yorkshire and became one of the foundation breeds of the National Pig Breeders Association in 1884. The breed declined sharply during World War II, but the breed survived thanks to a few dedicated breeders. You can find out more about this fascinating pig breed from the British Pig Association and the Middle White Pig Society.

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Well done to our sheep and farmers! Last week the team and Mudchute sheep attended their first show this year, the Lambourn Vintage Machinery and Country Show. The team did well, coming away with first prize in the Downland Ewe class with Mudchute’s Southdown ewe going on to become reserve champion downland sheep. Mudchute’s Whitefaced Woodland shearling also came first in the white coloured wool on the hoof category. Well done sheep and handlers and best of luck with the rest of the livestock showing season.

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