Jacob sheep in their homes in time for Chatsworth half term

Flock of Historic Sheep Take Up Residence at Chatsworth

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13 October 2020. A flock of Jacob sheep has taken up residence at its new home in the Chatsworth Farmyard paddock, just ahead of the Chatsworth half term holidays.

The ewes and lambs have relocated from the estate farm to the paddocks in the farmyard to join the Bagot goats in an area newly opened to visitors.

The distinctive piebald breed has a long association with Chatsworth stretching back over 258 years of grazing across various parts of the Chatsworth parkland.  The Jacob sheep breed is steeped in history with origins in the Middle East and is quite possibly the oldest sheep breed in the world, with historical references dating back to the Old Testament.

Chatsworth Farmyard Manager Melissa Underwood said: “We are excited to have the Jacob sheep here to settle in before half term and we’re sure they’ll be a popular addition for all our visitors. We are also all very excited about the arrivals of lambs from the flock in the spring.”

Visitors will be able to hand feed the Jacob sheep and Bagot goats out in the paddocks, a new visitor area with beautiful views of the estate. Bags of feed will be available to purchase on site.

As well as the new arrivals, visitors throughout the half-term period, running from 17 to 1 November, can meet the other friendly farmyard animals; enjoy spooky crafts in the Oak Barn and let off steam in the woodland adventure playground with its ropes, trampoline and slides.

The farmyard café is open serving food and drink as well as the gift shop offering pocket money toys too. The indoor picnic room is now open again too.

As part of the Covid-19 safety measures, capacity in the farmyard and playground is limited and advance booking of timed tickets online is essential. From 17 October there will be a choice of two daily three-hour sessions beginning at 10am and 1.30pm each day. Tickets are £7pp and include parking (for up to 5 in a car), or £26 for a family ticket admitting two adults and up to three children.

Other increased safety measures include the temporary suspension of the tractor-trailer tours and animal handling sessions, and no food or drink can be consumed in the playground area.

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