Welcome to the Wigfield Farm blog!

Welcome to the Wigfield Farm blog!

Wigfield Farm has a wide range of animals and is a platform for Land Based Industries courses at Barnsley College.

The farm is open for anyone to come and visit.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Our 1st Wigfield Farm Student Profile!!....Thanks Amy :)

Our 1st Wigfield Farm Student Profile!!
....Thanks Amy :)

Amy and Miss pixie the Red Deer

Name: Amy Coates

Age: 16
Course title and Level:
Animal Management - Level 3. Studying full-time at Wigfield Farm, which is part of Barnsley College campus.
How did you hear about this course?
Attending open evenings and talking to former and current students.
What have you done previously before attending Barnsley College? [e.g. Qualifications, Job, Work experience]
What topics have you covered or going to cover?
Aquatics, Animal handling, Nursing, Health, Animal Accommodation, Feeding, Retail, Ecology, Zoology, Wildlife, Grooming [dog, rodent and rabbit], Biology, Animal Behaviour and Livestock.
What practical tasks have you done or going to do?
Maintaining accommodation of: goats, chickens, exotics [meerkats, reptiles, hedgehogs etc], fish, dogs, pigs, donkeys/ponies, red deer; Feeding, Grooming [dogs, rodents and rabbits] and moving animals.
What have you enjoyed the most?
The regular hands-on experience with a wide variety of animals.
What aspect of studying at Wigfield Farm have you found the most challenging and why?
Managing / organising myself. The level of independence is a lot higher than I imagined. This is something I am working on through the help of tutorials and support of staff and other students in order to improve my work.
What do you hope to do when you have finished the course?
I am currently unsure, although I am looking at different universities, as well as possibly staying on at Wigfield Farm for Higher Education with Barnsley College. I am also looking to travel to help with the rehabilitation of wildlife.

* Amy also does 'Earn to Learn' which is a scheme which provides fantastic work experience opportunities as well as giving students the opportunity to earn rewards which is paid half termly in the form of travel, food, equipment or money. The added bonus is that it also looks good on your CV and UCAS application. Amy spends her 'Earn to Learn' time assisting with our 'Stay and Play' sessions every Wednesday morning, where Amy is a fantastic help and she engages with parents as well as children. 

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Cuteness Overload!!!

How cute are these?!!! These are Multimammates or African Soft Furred Mice :)
These are also available to buy £2.50 each or 5 for £10.00
Please email l.robinson@barnsley.ac.uk or ring [01226] 216 474 for more details

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Childminder Season Ticket

Just to let people know...we now have a childminders Season Ticket available at the farm £20.00 and valid for one year [admits 1 adult and 3 concessions]. Proof is required on application. For more info: ring [01226] 216 474

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Calf playtime!

This is cuteness overload!!

This is our 2 week Highland Cow Calf playing a chasing game with another calf...they are so playful!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Calf naming competition! Can you think of a good name?

This is Ruth [our Farm Team Leader] and our beautiful Highland Cow calf who was born last Wednesday morning. We are currently running a calf naming competition on our 'Official Wigfield Farm' Facebook page. If you follow the link below, it will take you to our facebook page where you can suggest a name. The winner will receive a FREE family ticket to the farm....Good Luck! :)

Our famous owls! Kindly donated from Thurlstone Owl Sanctuary

This photo appeared in todays Barnsley Chronicle. It shows Gemma [our Farm Support Worker] and Tony the Tawny Owl. We have had several owls kindly donated by Thurlstone Owl Sanctuary.

Here is a few more pics taken of Gemma and Tony the Tawny Owl.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Beautiful posing meerkats!

 Could these meerkats get any cuter?...I think not! :)

Friday, 25 January 2013

Owl collection donated to Wigfield Farm

We are very lucky here at Wigfield Farm, we have had a collection of owls donated to us from Thurlstone Owl Sanctuary. All the owls have been abandoned, injured or rescued [as a result some struggle to fly].
Here are a few photos of the new owls, more photos will follow shortly....

Handsome Tawny Owl

Snowy owl
Long Eared Owl