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We are very excited to be welcoming two lovely black dexter cattle to our herd here at Mudchute. The beautiful Moomin Tamarisk and her daughter Twiglet join us from Kent. Mother and daughter are black, short-legged dexters. Both cows have been shown and mum Tamarisk is a champion! They seem to like it here at Mudchute already, making friends over the fence, grazing and enjoying each other’s company.

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Before joining us, the pair were part of a larger herd, whose work included conservation grazing. Moomin dexters have even taken part in conservation grazing projects on the White Cliffs of Dover. A dexter’s small hooves and light weight make them ideal for keeping fast-growing and vigorous grasses down without compacting downland soil the way larger cattle might. Dexters are the smallest native breed of cattle in the British Isles and you can find out more about them from The Dexter Cattle Society.

We are extremely grateful to Mrs. D. Smith for generously donating one of the pair to us here at Mudchute and to the Rare Breeds Survival Trust for the purchase of the other.

The exciting news doesn’t stop there either! Both mother and daughter are also pregnant, so we hope to hear the pitter patter of even tinier hooves in the autumn.

New neighbour?

New neighbour?

Meeting the neighbours.

Meeting the neighbours.

Mum and daughter relaxing after the journey.

Mum and daughter relaxing after the journey.

Settling in.

Settling in.

The newcomers approve of Mudchute grass!

The newcomers approve of Mudchute grass!


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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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IMG_1896More caprine news this week! There are two beautiful new goats in our goat pen. These golden girls are our Golden Guernsey goats, a rare native breed known for their golden coats. They are a small and light-boned milking breed and as their name suggests, hail from Guernsey. Many thanks to the Friends of Mudchute Park & Farm for helping to bring this gorgeous breed to Mudchute.

The Golden Guernsey breed nearly died out during WWII as most of the livestock on Guernsey were wiped out during the German occupation of the island. The breed owes its survival to Miss Miriam Milbourne, who was able to hide a small group of the goats! You can find out more about this beautiful golden goat breed from the RBST as well as the Golden Guernsey Goat Society.

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The two golden nannies join us from Vauxhall City Farm and already settled into their new home. They are extremely friendly and seem to be enjoying exploring their new enclosure.