Gone but not forgotten.......
In 2018 we suffered a terrible loss - 4 of our beautiful alpaca boys died or had to be put to sleep as a result of testing positive for TB. It is likely they contracted the disease from an infected badger set on our land. Our other animals were tested regularly until we knew they were clear - we have learnt so much from this awful disease and will also remember them, Arfar, Ferrero, Kimi, Big Alan, We will not forget them - RIP boys xx
July 2018 - Wonky was a Valais Blacknose triplet lamb born with bow legs. He managed for a little while and we tried hard to straighten his legs with splints but as he grew we knew it would be in vain and we had to make the decision to let him go before he experienced any pain.
RIP Wonky, you'll always be a little star to us. xx
Woolley Wonky 31st March 2018 to 9th July 2018
June 2018 - Ferrero - our beautiful fawn boy. His life was shorter than it should have been. We were determined he wasn't going to experience pain and after a bowl of his favourite breakfast and a little walk round the woodland, he went peacefully in our arms on 22nd June 2018.
We've learnt so much from your experience little one and we will never forget,
RIP Ferrero (Ro Ro) xx
7th July 2014 - 22nd June 2018
May 2018 - Little Arfar was born premature, hence his name, he was only ever going to be 'half an alpaca' We knew something wasn't right with Arfar when he just didn't want to walk, he loved going out with the other boys and this wasn't in character, so we gave him a rest. He tried to hard to fight and despite medication to clear his cough, he struggled to breathe and it just too much for his small lungs, we may never know exactly what happened because one minute he was chewing his carrots, the next he was gone. Arfar bought a lot of fun for the people who walked him and we loved him dearly - this one will not be forgotten
RIP Arfar xx
24th August 2015 - 21st May 2018
May 2018 - Bob the Valais Blacknose Ram - Poor Bob was unwell. Stuart gave him medication but he went downhill fast and died peacefully in Stuart's arms. Bob was only a tiny lamb when we got him and he grew into a stunning boy, he has given us some beautiful babies, his kids Marley & Robert are now part of the next generation and his beautiful boys mean he will never be forgotten. RIP Bob, a real legend xx
April 2018 - Dot the tiny kid.... Dot was due to join our goat feeding team this month. She was very small when we got her and it was clear that something wasn't quite right. She never really fed properly and died peacefully overnight at just ten days old. She was loved while she was here, RIP Sweet Dreams little Dot xxx
April 2018 - These two little cuties are Heidi's lambs Herbie & Buddy. They are Swiss Valais Blacknose Cross lambs. Sadly, Heidi died from complications while giving birth. We knew they would be very special and we rehomed them to a very special place with Sue & Spencer in the Quantock Hills. Have fun fellas ... xx
April 2018 - Heidi Houdini
Heidi was one of our orphan babies from our days in Sussex. She escaped any pen or fence we put her in, hence her name. When we moved to Devon she would escape across the river and encourage the others to go with her, but she always came back. Heidi produced lovely lambs but this year needed a bit of help to deliver a set of twins. Sadly, Heidi became ill and didn't make it... we'll look after your babies for you Heidi, RIP sweet girl xx
March 2018 - Roger Woolley - today we said goodbye to Roger who went to a new home in Sussex. He was very special as he was our first ram and produced some wonderful babies. Unfortunately, you have to rotate the rams if you keep some of the offspring. We have two other rams we can use and Roger will do a fine job with some new ladies in a lovely home! Good luck Rog xx
March 2018 - Our lovely boy Alfie registered name 'Adamo Ant' has gone off to a new home. Alfie is a registered pygmy goat that we bought for his showing potential. Sadly, we haven't got time to take Alfie to shows and we thought it would be nice to let him go to a home where he has that opportunity. He has gone to live in South Devon with Alicia and her family who have fallen in love with him and told us that Alfie has already found a new girlfriend, Be happy Alfie x
1st February 2018 - This week we will be saying goodbye to four beautiful Valais Blacknose ewe lambs who have gone to lovely new homes. Firstly Autumn and Oreo will be off to their new home in West Wales and then their half sisters Bonnie & Juliet will also be going to Wales a few days later! Good luck girls x
4 month old Autumn ready for her new home
Autumn & Oreo
Clyde & Bonnie
Juliet & Bonnie (4 months old)
30th January 2018 - One Tag and Hairy who have gone to live at Pitt Farm Holiday Cottages, they will be joining another pet goat, pig and alpacas and bringing joy to visiting holiday makers, good luck boys!
January 2018 - Perry Woolley - born February 2017 and part of the early bottle feeding team. Perry went off to a new home today to make way for this year's new recruits. We're glad Perry was able to stay longer than his friends and keep our rams company through the Autumn. Good luck lad, we'll miss your antics xx
New Year 2018 - How lucky were these guys, Little Pickle and his friend Mango went off to their new home over New Year. Amanda and her family lost one of their goats and Pickle and Mango will be great company for their other goat. We won't forget the fun we had with these two, especially Pickle who broke his leg when he was a little kid. Good luck boys !
December 2017 - Nobby (no horns)
Nobby was part of the bottle feeding team in 2017 and was born naturally polled which means his horns didn't grow. He has gone to live with very experienced goat owner Val Grainger and her prize winning goat herd in Cornwall. He is going to be company for her Alpine Billy called Stinky Brian ! Bye bye little Nobby, good luck xx
Ringo Woolley - 2014 to 2017
On 1st November we lost our lovely 3 year old boy Ringo. Ringo wasn't our cuddliest boy but he was a strong leader at the front of the group and would often take the lead with Stuart. The night he came into the barn, cuddled us both and then laid down and went to sleep really peacefully we knew he'd had enough. There were no signs he was ill and the vet said we couldn't have known. Go bang your drum up there big lad, sleep tight RIP Ringo xx
August 2017 - various home reared lambs
This month we said goodbye to this year's home bred lambs. We decided to sell the ewes and rams at a specialist rare breed auction as we are concentrating our breeding programme on pedigree Swiss Valais and Devon & Cornwall Longwools. These crosses who were a mixture of dad Roger the Valais and mums, Suffolk, Charollais, Badger faced were very cute and had amazing fleece! x
Albert Woolley - June 2017
This is a tale of two halves! Sadly we have sold our first born Swiss Valais ram lamb, the lovely Albert... this is very sad! The great news is he is going to Guto and Hannah who live locally. As Guto is our vet we will be keeping up with his progress and have been promised updates. Good luck Albert, we know they will love you as much as we did!
Romeo Woolley - April 2017
Sadly, we lost one of our twin ram lambs Romeo earlier this month. Born in February 2017 as part of twins Romeo and Juliet, little Romeo was always a lot smaller than his sister. We found him one morning with a broken hip joint and a broken front leg. It's possible he was sat on by his mum so the kindest thing was to say goodbye.... he won't suffer anymore, RIP Romeo x
The 2016 Woolley Lambs
2016 was a busy year for us, we were in the middle of moving house and had to sell a lot of stock that we couldn't bring with us. These little guys were some of the successes from our lambing but unfortunately we can't keep everyone, these have gone onto another farm with more grass and probably higher fences where they won't keep escaping, good luck boys and girls! x
January 2017 - Bellatrix joined the gang in January 2017 (supposedly in kid) to try to keep Ant company after we lost Dec. Sadly she didn't think much of the boys and was very stressed with the company. Fortunately, South Devon College agreed to rehome Bella a few weeks later and she is now receiving 1-2-1 attention from the college students in Paignton, Devon. Good luck little Bella!
June 2016 to January 2017 - Dec came to live with us in September 2016 with his brother Ant, 6 month old twin pygmy cross goats. Dec was into everything but he was a great character who made us laugh a lot. Sadly, Dec became ill and despite the best and immediate veterinary care he passed away. As a result of knowing Dec we intend to have lots more goats in the future. Thank you Dec, RIP you won't be forgotten! x
Christmas 2016 saw our first Valais Blacknose ram lamb born to Minnie. His name was Noel. Sadly he didn't live more than 24 hours but his arrival and departure taught us a lot about Valais lambs and the experiences we went on to have with subsequent lambing. RIP Noel x