Families love the farm animals at the Top of the Rock. For David this was where he grew up, surrounded by calves, pigs, a horse, geese, ducks and chickens. Once again this farmyard thrives with variety: Droimeann cattle, Zwartble sheep, Paddy the donkey, Heidi and Seiki our goats, and the Fantail pigeons, Moscovy ducks and our most recent arrivals: bantams It’s a fascinating place to be. But our modern farmyard across the road is even more interesting. Here cows calve, new calves feed from bottles, lambs are born and Daisy the dog keeps everything in order.
Then there is the farm itself: thirteen fields, each with their own names, a central roadway, and a wonderfully interesting Bird sanctuary with white pheasants, wild duck and grey partridges. Every family who comes to the PodPáirc has the opportunity to see the animals in the PodPáirc, but the farm itself has a great deal more to see and learn. This is where FARMHANDS comes in…A two hour Fun and Learning program to enable families to explore the whole farm with David and Joanna’s help on Saturday mornings from April to September (and possibly Wednesdays in high season). We will feed baby calves, bottle-feed lambs, visit the tree goats, gather the eggs and participate in whatever is happening on the farm that day. The highlight of the programme is the HAYRIDE in our special trailer which has a compartment for moving sheeps and lambs to the paddock by the river. We will drive through the herd of cows, visit the wildlife areas of the farm and enjoy a picnic on the hay bales. Finally when we arrive back we will complete a colouring worksheet and each participant will receive the FARMHANDS CERTIFICATE.
FARMHANDS is taking books now. Please use the form below to find information and to book. Farmhands will cost €12 with concessions for large families. FARMHANDS begins on 2nd April 17