Saturday, April 21, 2018


A pair of alpacas are among the animals here in the Horse and Cattle Barn. They looked impatient for spring.

Two calves share a stall here. They're born in the last couple of months. They are siblings, of the Simmental breed of cow. One was up on their feet, the other having a rest. In this first shot, you can see the walkway used by workers to access the stalls.

Emma, also a Simmental, was born last year, and is in the neighbouring stall. She is in fact their sister, as the signage indicates all three had the same father and mother. The Farm handles breeding through artificial insemination.

A mother and calf were sharing a stall. Cleo is a three year old cow of the Blonde D'Aquitaine breed. Fernando was born this year. The signage cautioned that Cleo is a protective mother.

Another pair, calves by the look of them, were here with their mother.

And one more cow for today (with more tomorrow as we head over to the Dairy Barn).

This display dealt with the horse shoe process.

Back outside the barn, the horses were having lunch.

Late in my visit, with the skies clearing, I took additional perspective shots of this barn.


  1. I am so enjoying this series. Adore cows I think they are grand animals along with horses.
    Is that Simmental breed special ? I have not heard of it before.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. They look so peaceful, fortunately the meat I eat is anonymous could never eat a steak from a cow I knew and lambs I don't eat ! I become vegetarian then.

  3. I never understood how people could raise animals, give them names, love them and treat them well, and then, well, eat them. And these were really nice people, too. I'm not a vegetarian but I try not to think about what exactly it is I'm eating.

  4. ...a wonderful collection of critters.

  5. That place is a treasure for families for certain.

  6. I certainly had a lot of catching up to do on your blog, William, and so just spent the past time checking out previous posts on this agricultural and food museum. It deminded me of some similar places we have visited here in New England. There was nothing similar when we lived in VA except for county agricultural fairs.

  7. love the blue skies ... they all pretty fuzzy. warm too. ( ;

  8. Beautiful photos. I love the alpacas especially. Have a nice weekend.

  9. @Parsnip: I can't recall hearing of the Simmental before either.

    @Lady Fi: awww indeed.

    @Gattina: I agree there.

    @Lowell: me too.

    @Tom: it is!

    @Marie: definitely.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Beatrice: we had those too.

    @Beth: the weather certainly brightened up during my visit.

    @Mildred: they were quite a pair.

  10. Nice shots! I do love alpaca. And that last photo of the red and white barns -- nice contrast!

  11. Great photos. Love the alpacas:)

  12. Beautiful critters. I have never seen an alpaca!

  13. I still like watching all farm animals. there's always more to learn about them.

  14. Wow! Lovely series of photos of sweet critters!

    Happy Weekend,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. It is good for the city kids to see cows!

  16. Great shots of those sweet animals.

  17. @Jeanie: it's a very distinctive looking barn.

    @Rosie: the alpacas had quite a zen thing going on.

    @Nancy: I've seen them occasionally in other places.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @RedPat: it is indeed.

    @Denise: thanks!

  18. A nice bunch of critters. I love those alpacas, they are pretty.

  19. Wonderful to see the different breeds.

  20. You truly do explore your area! You could be a tourist guide, I think.
    Fun to see all these animals.

  21. It seems all farmers have gone to the artificial insemination rather than transport a bull. Things have truly changed on the farm.

  22. I love all these critters. We are surrounded by them, here in the country.

  23. Great series of posts! Whenever I see an alpaca I always think of the meme of the alpaca going on vacation with the quote, "Going on a trip? Alpaca my bags." The internet has ruined me.

  24. critter time. interesting indeed. have a great rest of your weekend!! ( ;

  25. So nice to see all of these animals, I do like the alpacas ... just lovely.

    All the best Jan

  26. I'm enjoying this tour more with each post! Everything is so clean, it just sparkles.

  27. @Bill: they are.

    @Marleen: it is.

    @Tammie: I could!

    @Mari: things do change.

    @Stefan: definitely.

    @Kay: very much so.

    @Jennifer: we're not!

  28. @Jenn: me too.

    @Sandi: they're odd critters.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Jan: they're neat.

    @Sharon: definitely.

    @Sallie: it's well looked after.

    @Klara: they're pretty.

    @Norma: so do I.