How much food do you get through for all the animals?

Each month, we ask you to share your questions about farming, food or Sacrewell with us on Facebook. The person who writes the best question wins a free family admission pass for a day at the farm, as well as having their question answered on our website. This question came from Nevaeh, aged 7.

The amount that we spend on food each day does vary over the year as we change the livestock that we have on site, but our calculations for what we’ve fed today should give you an idea. We have more animals on site than ever before thanks to our livestock manager Jess, but this also means that the amount of food, hay and straw we go through is enormous!

We go through 54 kilos of animal food a day and 378 kilos of animal food a week … to put this into perspective a pygmy goat weighs around 30 kilos whilst a Landrace boer (male pig) can weigh up to 400 kilos. Our animals certainly are a hungry bunch!

Sacrewell is supported by the William Scott Abbott Trust, and every penny spent on the farm goes straight back to the animals, the upkeep of the farm and to develop our agricultural education programmes.


Please note that these figures are based on estimates from farmer Jess. We’ve excluded the weight of hay, straw and cat food for the purpose of the infographic.