Just ten minutes outside of Dundee hides Newton Farm. A working farm offering bed and breakfast accommodation and award winning tours. They run tours most weekends and all details are available on their Facebook page. We had booked a 2 hour tour for 2pm and dressed for the occasion. Summer had her wellies and mud suit on, it was an unusually mild afternoon for February so the extra scarves and hats were left in the car.
On arrival to the farm we were met by the fabulous Louise. She guided us inside a porta cabin where coffee and fresh scones were on offer while she talked us through some safety points and farm rules.
The tour began with us being taken to meet the goats and they were even more excited than we were for visitors. We learned their names, and which kids belonged to which mothers and we then had an opportunity to feed them. Goats love banana skins, who knew? The children had ample time to interact with and feed the animals without any need to rush on.
Next to the goats were a number of Sheep and new lambs.
The lambs were a matter of days old and nursing but Louise did bring one over for the children to see.
We headed outside and walked down to the fields where we met a not so small micro pig who had been rehomed at the farm and was far more interested in his food than his crowd of visitors.
Alpacas are one of the quirkiest animals I’ve ever met and in the next field were a herd who came bounding over in excitement. They took food straight from our hands but not without some in house squabbling.
Newton Farm does offer Alpaca walking tours and I’m sure we’ll be back in time to give it a go, I could have watched them all day.
On we went to the shed where we met the stars of the show; the cows.
Louise showed the children how to safely feed the cows by letting them take their treats with their huge tongues.
Did you know cows only have teeth on the bottom of their mouths?
The cows were all friendly and happy for little hands to pat and feed them. Again there was no hurry and the children had enough time to overcome any initial trepidation about being up close to such large animals. Within the cow sheds we also had the opportunity to climb into some tractors much to the delight of the youngest visitors.
It was here we learned about the different feeds each of the animals needed and explored some sheared sheep’s wool.
At the very back of the cow shed were two bulls and they were huge! The bulls and cows were fed silage, a fermented grass with a sweet cider like smell and just as we left the sheds Farmer Graeme arrived on his tractor to fill the troughs much to the kids delight.
The last job of the day was to feed the hens. Again they were friendly and well handled. A variety of different hens live on the farm alongside Indian runner geese.
At the end of the farm tour we headed back into the cabin via the hand washing facilities and had the opportunity to ask questions about what we had seen on the farm.
Our experience of Newton Farm was an excellent family day out. If you are looking for a relaxed but rich, hands on, learning experience Newton Farm has it in abundance.