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Visit the farm at Wester Kittochside for seasonal agricultural demonstrations with the animals and crops. Share your photos with us.

New calf arrivals and piglet arrivals

Pop up to the farm to see them in the small byre and the pig pen during museum opening hours.

  • One of our new calf arrivals, Mandy at the Wester Kittochside Farm.

    One of our new calf arrivals, Mandy at the Wester Kittochside Farm.
  • Catch a glimpse of the new Tamworth arrivals this spring up at the farm.

    Catch a glimpse of the new Tamworth arrivals this spring up at the farm.
  • Our Scots Dumpy hens are now out and about up at the farm.

    Our Scots Dumpy hens are now out and about up at the farm.
  • Meet the Ayshire herd at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    Meet the Ayshire herd at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography
  • See the Blackface sheep at Wester Kittochside Farm.

    See the Blackface sheep at Wester Kittochside Farm.
  • Early spring is emerging on the Wester Kittochside Farm.

    Early spring is emerging on the Wester Kittochside Farm.
  • Spring is in bloom in the Wester Kittochside Farm garden.

    Spring is in bloom in the Wester Kittochside Farm garden.

Spring sheep scanning

We have recently scanned our sheep to see how many lambs we can expect this spring.  It's the same technology when scanning expectant human mothers use except on a much larger scale.  After scanning the ewes are grouped according to their expected number of lambs and this enables us to feed them correctly.

Highland calves

We had a very special delivery just in time for Christmas; a pair of eight-month old Highland calves called Airgead II and Ceo V.  As is the tradition with the Highland breed, the have each been given the Gaelic name of their dam (mother), which preserves the identity of the female line.

The calves came from Woodneuk Fold at Barrhead, and have a strong pedigree bloodline; their grandsire was male champion at the Royal Highland show in 2009.  Visit the calves, alongside our prize-winning Ayrshire cows, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. 

Above: Airgead II and Ceo V in their new home, with Ritchie Young, Farm Manager at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Silage goes pink

This year our silage has been wrapped in pink in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity. For every roll of pink Topwrap film purchased, £3 is donated to the charity.

Above: Silage wrapped in pink Topwrap film for Breast Cancer Now charity © Ruth Armstrong Photography

Familiar farm faces

Say hello to Maggie McDougall, our Stockperson, and Ritchie Young, our Farm Manager,  when you see them at the farm.

They have a wealth of farming knowledge which they are keen to share with you during your visit.

Our small experienced team look after all the livestock on the working farm and manage our land around the farmhouse, steading and beyond.

 

 

Header image: New Tamworth arrivals at National Museum of Rural Life, spring 2017.

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Event information

When

1 Mar - 31 Dec 2017
10:00 onwards

Where

Up at the farm

How much

Adult: £7
Concessions: £6
Child: £4 (under 5 free)
Family £19 (2 adults and 2 children)
National Museums Scotland Members: Free
National Trust Scotland Members and National Art Pass holders: Free except for some events.

Booking information

Booking not required.

Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

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