Meet the Native & Rare Breed Animals at Sacrewell

Sacrewell is home to an array of rare breed animals from native UK breeds to the traditional farm stock. Our paddocks showcase our successful rare breed programme as we support the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) to help save rare and native breeds.

The RBST have released the 2023-24 watchlist which gives an accurate reflection of a breed’s conservation status.

Read on to find out which rare breed animals we have at Sacrewell Farm.

Rare Breed & Native Animals

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British Landrace Pigs (priority rare breed animals)

Larry pig - British Landrace pig - photo of pink pig in his enclosure with shelter and straw behind.
Lucy Braines Photography

We are very fortunate to have two British Landrace pigs on site at Sacrewell – Larry and Lottie. Larry has successfully bred and welcomed many little piglets over the years.

Landrace pigs are most well-known for a being a large white pig with heavy drooping ears. They are a very versatile breed that can live indoor or outdoor. The sows (a female pig) are well known for their ability to produce and rear litters of 12 piglets.


Boar (male)

Our resident Landrace pig joined Sacrewell farm in May 2020. Throughout his time here Larry has successfully fathered three litters.

Larry is very docile and loves a fuss. His favourite things to eat are fresh vegetables from our kitchen garden. Veg produce is often gifted to him once we have had a school visit in harvesting. When he isn’t munching on fresh veg, they spend most of their time outside looking for bugs and truffles.


Sow (female)

Lottie joined Sacrewell in November 2023. She’s a sociable pig and loves making friends. Her favourite thing to eat are banana. She dislikes a tidy bedroom and cold weather.

Come and say hello to Lottie on your next visit to Sacrewell Farm.

Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs (at risk rare breed animals)

The Oxford Sandy and Black pigs were on the brink of extinction 20 years ago but due to the hard work from dedicated rare breed farmers there has been an increase in numbers of these rare breed animals.

These pigs get their name from their sandy coloured coat and black patches. The breed has many qualities including an excellent temperament, great mothering abilities and high-quality meat produce. They have grown in popularity recently and are a favourite for first-time keepers and all those that have kept pigs.

Tanya & Sandy

Both sows (female)

Tanya and Sandy oxford sandy and black pigs. Rare breed animals sleeping in their pigsty.

Tanya & Sandy were born on 11th July 2022, and we welcomed them to Sacrewell a few months later as weaners. Weaners are piglets that are 2-3 months old and no longer reliant on their mother’s milk.

They both love foraging outside but they do like to retire to their pigsties at night and sometimes for an afternoon siesta!


Belted Galloway (UK native breed)

Belted Galloway cattle is a Scottish breed of beef cattle derived from the traditional Galloway cattle. They get their name from their broad white belt completely encircling the body between the shoulder and the hind legs.

Here at Sacrewell Farm we have three Belted Galloway cattle – Abigail, Matilda and Cinnamon.

Abigail & Matilda

Both cows (female)

Our resident Belted Galloway cows joined us in October 2023. They love roaming our paddocks and grazing on fresh pasture. They are particularly well-known for rubbing their bottoms on the paddock fence for a good scratch and mooing loudly for attention!

Both are extremely friendly, they are always sure to let the livestock team know when it is dinner time.


Heifer (female calf)

Cinnamon was born on 14th December 2023 right here at Sacrewell. Unlike her mother Matilda, she is brown in colour and beltless! This is due to her dad’s genetics.

As Cinnamon continues to grow, she is getting more and more confident, she loves playing and frolicking in the field. She is adorably cute but hates late noises or being woken up. So be sure to be quiet when around their field shelter encase she is napping!


Heifer (female calf)

Pepper was born on 2nd April 2024 right here at Sacrewell.

Pepper is a sweet girl who is a little bit shy at the moment, but soon enough she’ll be cheeky just like Cinnamon. She enjoys long walks along the field with her mum and her current favourite food is milk with a side of grass!


Shetland Pony (UK native breed)

The Shetland pony is a Scottish breed of pony originating in the Shetland Isles (North Scotland). Shetlands are clever, strong, hardy and cute. They are commonly used as a riding horse for children and are sometimes used for therapeutic riding purposes.

Shetland’s usually only have one foal at a time, but twins are possible albeit quite uncommon.


Mare (female)

Luna joined Sacrewell in March 2021. During the day you can find Luna roaming the fields with Tramp, Mr Mint and the Falabella horses, and at night you can find her tucked up in her stable with Tramp.

Luna is a gentle soul that enjoys being stroked and eating carrots. She’s been an asset to the farm and is great with children, especially school groups that book our animal welfare course.


Gelding (castrated male)

Tramp has been at Sacrewell since January 2012 along with our donkey Mr Mint. Tramp is one of our oldest residents at Sacrewell Farm. 

You can find Tramp lusting after Betty, one of our Falabella horses and eating grass. Tramp loves to roll around in the mud, so his white coat doesn’t stay white for long!

British Spotted Pony (UK native breed)

Winnie the Falabella horse in green field with windswept mane!
Lucy Braines Photography

British Spotted Ponies are a small breed of pony originating in England and are easily distinguished by their leopard-spotted colouration.

We are lucky enough to have three British Spotted Ponies at Sacrewell farm, you can visit them daily from 9am – 4.30pm.

Winnie, Betty & Myrtle

All mares (females)

Our British Spotted Ponies were kindly donated to Sacrewell in October 2022. Winnie is mum of Betty and Myrtle who are sisters.

Their favourite thing to eat is carrots but they do enjoy running around the paddock with their friends – Luna, Tramp & Mr Mint the donkey. They spend their evenings indoors in their stable but their days roaming free and grazing on grass.


There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world, mainly in deprived countries as they are predominantly used for working. They help carry and transport heavy items that man cannot do.

Donkeys were first domesticated around 6,000 years ago for their meat and milk. They descended from their African wild ass ancestors. The domestic donkey is from the same family as a horse and their life spans from 27-40 years.

Mr Mint

Jack (male)

Mr Mint the donkey having a snooze in his field on a sunny afternoon.

Mr Mint joined Sacrewell in January 2012, along with Tramp our Shetland pony and his half sister Joules who sadly passed away last year.

You can find Mr Mint awaiting a fuss and being nosey in the hope of some hay! He is a placid soul that loves rolling around on his back in the field and eating the hedgerows. Especially the one outside his stable.

Marina & Splash

Jenny (female) and Jack (male)

This mother and son duo found their forever home at Sacrewell in June 2023 thanks to The Donkey Sanctuary. We had been searching for a companion for Mr Mint for some time and were elated that we were able to find him not one but two friends!

You can read their full rehoming story here.


Boreray Sheep (at risk rare breed animals)

Boreray sheep a rare breed animal on the RBST watchlist. Here are some Boreray rams posing for the camera at Sacrewell farm.
Lucy Braines Photography

Boreray sheep originated from St Kilda off the West Coast of Scotland. They are a very hardy breed that can cope with sparse grazing. Most sheep have a cream fleece with black and white face and legs.

They are a small slender breed that are long lived with an average lambing percentage of 140%. This means each ewe averages 1.4 lambs a year. Both ewes and rams are horned with the rams boasting spiral horns.

Senior, Rocky, Merry, Pippin, Thumper, Bambi, Bunny, Libby, Lisa, Laura, Pongo, Scar, Abbie, Alice, Julius, India and Ida

Rams (males) & ewes (females)

The Boreray breed originally joined Sacrewell in 2019 and the flock has risen from 3 ewes to 11 ewes and 5 rams in the last 3 years.

Boreray sheep enjoy living in large groups with lots of natural shade and hiding places. You can find them lounging amongst the bushes and small trees in their enclosure during the spring and summer months. They also liked to run around in circles, which the Livestock team call their zoomies! If you look closely, you can see paths which they have made in the grass as they follow each other in a very duck like manner.

Hill Radnor Sheep (at risk rare breed animals)

Hill Radnor ewe sheep with two lambs in green field. At risk rare breed animals on the RBST watchlist.

Hill Radnor sheep are a domestic breed native to the UK. They are classified as a mountain breed and have a dense white fleece with light brown face and legs. The rams are horned, but the ewes are polled (without).

These rare breed animals are listed as at risk on the Rare Breed Survival Trust watchlist, with the majority of their population in Wales, there are very few flocks in the remainder of the UK. Hill Radnor sheep are hardy and do well on limited forage. Their ewes are known for their good maternal instincts with a lambing percentage of 120-165% depending on their location.

Fatima, Gertrude, Helda, Henrietta, Wanda, Snotty, Patty, Gretel and their lambs; Rolo, Snickers, Twix, Whispa, Bounty, Crunchie, Kit and Kat

Ewes (females)

The Hill Radnor breed originally joined Sacrewell in 2020 and the flock has increased over the years due to our successful breeding programme.

Sheep like to live in groups and the Hill Radnor sheep are no different. You can find our Hill Radnor ewes grazing the pastures at Sacrewell farm with our cade lambs from 2022. They do love attention especially the hand-reared ewes which makes handling them much easier. They are always pleased to see the livestock team especially at feed time!

Jacob (UK native breed)

Jacob sheep have been found in England for more than 300 years, but the history of the breed is a mystery. The ewes are consistently good mothers and will produce sufficient milk for triplets. They are hardy breed that are easily overwintered. This breed have good foot health compared to others attracting a good health status.

They are also known for their high-quality wool which is excellent for spinning. Jacob sheep skins offer a good fleece perfect for rugs and other wool garments.


Wether (castrated male)

Lucy Braines Photography

Jay was born locally on 9th March 2022 and came to Sacrewell a week later. Jay is now one of the many Jacob sheep we have on site at the farm as we expand our rare breed and UK native breeding programme.

You will find Jay in the field along with the Hill Radnor, commercial sheep and our cade Boreray Rocky. He enjoys being part of a flock and not living independently. His favourite time is feed time, and he will always run for hay!

Jacob Ewes

Ewe (female)

We had a number of Jacob ewes join our flock in the summer of 2023 along with a Jacob ram, Rambo!

You can find the ewes running around their paddock doing ‘zoomies’ or being rounded up by our alpaca Twiglet! She thinks it’s a great game! The ewes dislike clean out day, especially a clean bed.


Ram (male)

Rambo joined the Sacrewell flock in July 2023 along with a number of Jacob ewes to expand our rare breed conservation programme.

Rambo loves our livestock assistant Sam and is delighted to see him most mornings, but not so much in the evenings! It’s a love hate relationship from Rambo. He very much dislikes Pongo our Boreray ram, they are regularly fighting for alpha male position.


English Goat (priority rare breed animals)

The English goat was a native breed to the UK before the major imports of foreign goats. They are beautifully marked and deer-like. English goats are tractable, docile and co-operative. They thrive in the British climate and don’t mind rain or snow.

They are best known for their milk production; the English goat has high level of solids in its milk which makes lovely cheeses and even soap!


Buck (male)

Houdini wasn’t born at Sacrewell but joined us on 6th July 2020 from Burghley House in Stamford. He got his name from becoming an escapee artist in his first few months. Being much taller than the other goats the original goat fence wasn’t enough to contain him and his appetite!

Now he very much enjoys his paddock along with the Boer and pygmy goats and doesn’t break free. He is however partial to an apple and has mastered how to get one off the tree if he stands on his hind legs in his enclosure.

Boer Goat

Boer goats originated from South Africa, they have been specifically bred for their meat. They are regarded as the world’s premier meat goat. Goat meat has become increasingly popular as it is low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

This breed are large and stocky with a white body and brown head. They have lop ears that hang downwards over their eyes and backward curving horns.

Boer goats have a good natural resistance to disease allowing them to enjoy a longer life. Bucks (male goats) have an expected life span of 12 years and does (female goats) can live from 12 – 20 years.


Lucy Braines Photography

Doe or nanny (female)

Acorn, mum of three, joined Sacrewell in 2018. She has successfully given birth to three kids – Crash & Eddie (twins) in 2020 and Chestnut (2021).

She is calm natured and haltered trained perfect for school visits, as this allows us to teach the children about Boer goats and animal care.


Doe (female)

Chestnut was born on 30th March 2021 right here at Sacrewell farm. She is very friendly and enjoys a stroke. Her favourite thing to eat is goat nuts – a nutritional protein feed.

We often take Chestnut on a goat walk as she is also halter trained. The livestock team don’t get very far as she is happy to stop and eat all the long, juicy grass!

Pygmy Goat

Lucy Braines Photography

Pygmy goats are a miniature, dwarf breed bred for companionship and enjoyment. The maximum height of a pygmy is about 56cm for males (less for females). They are generally quiet and docile and often kept as pets.

They feed on a high proportion of fibre with hay being the main feature. Pygmy goats graze well but do require a low protein goat mix twice a day.

We are fortunate enough to have four pygmy goats at Sacrewell farm, you can find them in the field every day.

Hardy, Winston, Archie and Bubbles

All wethers (male)

Our pygmy goats joined Sacrewell in 2017. All unique in their colouring with different characteristics, these wethers offer great entertainment to the public and staff.

You can find these older chaps grazing the fields or snoozing in the sunshine. They are all partial to an afternoon siesta but generally sat next to their shelter rather than in it!

Their favourite things to eat are a variety of fresh fruit. The pygmy goats aren’t very patient when it comes to food, the livestock team are quickly hassled when carrying a trug of feed.

Golden Guernsey Goat

The Golden Guernsey is a rare breed of dairy goat from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. They have been known for some two hundred years. As their name suggests they are golden in colour, with hues ranging from pale blonde to deep bronze.


Billy (male)

OJ joined Sacrewell in September 2023 from a local farm in Norfolk. OJ loves our livestock assistant Charlotte, her cheerleading chatter when feeding him in the morning makes him jump up and hop around!

He loves a face rub and wagging his tail. The thing he dislikes most at Sacrewell is being ignored, so make sure to give him a fuss on your next visit.

Greta & Giselle

Nannies (female)

Greta and Giselle joined the Sacrewell family a few weeks after OJ, so they are relatively new to the farm too! Both nanny goats are expecting twins in Spring 2024, be sure to keep an eye on our social media channels or sign-up to our email newsletter to be the first to know.

Greta likes OJ a lot but dislikes when he steals her food! Giselle likes peace and quiet so you can often find her alone in her shelter. She dislikes smelly boys including OJ!


White alpaca in field at Sacrewell with moody sky and yellow grass in distance.
Lucy Braines Photography

Alpacas originated from South America but have been domesticated from their wild relatives over the years. They are considerably smaller than llamas and are bred primarily for their wool. The wool can be used for many woven items including blankets, hats, gloves and scarves.

They are social animals so they like to live in groups. Alpacas are gentle, intelligent and extremely observant animals. They can sometimes be aggressive, and they tend to spit to show their dominance.

Peaches, Honey & Jasmine

Hembras (females)

Peaches, Honey & Jasmine joined Sacrewell in 2017. They are enjoying their new environment – being nosey and observing the public.

These fluffy trio are cousins; you will find them in their paddock eating grass or hay. They stay outside in all weathers and are incredibly hardy, they do have a warm shelter, but they prefer to stay out and keep an eye on what’s going on! They are incredibly lazy so sometimes they don’t even stand to eat!


Cria (juvenile alpaca)

Twiglet - brown cria (baby alpaca) in field with other alpacas.
Lucy Braines Photography

Twiglet was born on 14th July 2022 right here at Sacrewell, she is the daughter of Jasmine. You will find Twiglet in her paddock either snuggled up to mum or laid flat in her sandpit sleeping deeply.

Most alpacas are intelligent, but Twiglet doesn’t seem to have that trait! She is adorably cute and fluffy though so we will forgive her for her vacant daze! Twiglets favourite thing to eat is hay, you can often find tufts sticking out the corners of her mouth.

Small Animals

Muffin and Crumpet lionhead rabbits in their enclosure in the Hutton barn at sacrewell.
Lucy Braines Photography

We also have an array of rabbits and guinea pigs that you can find in our Hutton Barn at Sacrewell farm. Come and visit our fluffy friends every day from 9am – 4.30pm.


Chickens have been around for thousands of years, they are know as predecessors of dinosaurs evolved from a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Male chickens are called cockerels and female chickens are called hens. High-producing, well-fed hens can lay up to 250 eggs per year and it takes 24-26 hours to create each egg.



Drogo joined Sacrewell in March 2024, he has settled in well and is enjoying his daily vegetable treats from Riverford.

He is part of a friendly breed of chicken called Marans. Soon you will be able to see him roaming free around the farm, keep your eyes peeled on your next visit to Sacrewell Farm.

New life on the farm

For those that enjoy the promise of spring, visit us at Easter for our new life on the farm event. There’s lots going on, including natural craft activities, an educational bird egg trail, a wildlife webcam and much more.

What’s more if you’d like to get up close and bottle feed our cade lambs, we have a VIP lambing experience just for you. You can find out more details here.

We hope to welcome you to Sacrewell soon.