Even the rain didn’t dampen spirits down at Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm as the team welcomed Countryfile favourite and son of Rare Breed’s Survival Trust founder, Adam Henson for a special tour.
Owned and maintained by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council, the farm is the only Rare Breed’s Survival Trust (RBST) approved Conservation Farm Park in Ireland due to its commitment to conservation, breeding, and promotion of rare and endangered breeds of farm animals.
Just before delivering his keynote speech at ABC Council’s pioneering Agriculture Strategy launch on Wednesday 09 March, the well-known farmer got to see first-hand the range, diversity and quality of the farm’s rare breeds as well as hear about how the farm is leading on the green agenda.
Roger Wilson, Chief Executive of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council said:
“We were absolutely thrilled to welcome Adam Henson to Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm last week ahead of our Agriculture Strategy launch. Under the expertise of farm supervisor, Richard McKitterick, Adam got to see some of the wonderful rare breeds and hear all about the amazing work going on at the farm.
“From conservation breeding programmes to targeted grazing and ecological initiatives, the farm’s sustainability practices not only demonstrate our commitment to meeting environmental and biodiversity targets but they also represent the spirit of the newly launched Agriculture Strategy.”
“With a shared passion for celebrating farming and our living heritage, Adam is always welcome back to the farm and our borough!”
Home to a wide array of animals, the farm looks after Irish Moiled, Dexter and Shetland cattle, Pygmy goats, Oxford Sandy and Black pigs, Galway and Jacob sheep, horses and donkeys as well as heritage poultry and waterfowl.
Talking of his visit to Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm, Adam Henson said:
“Even though the weather wasn’t on our side, it was an absolute pleasure to visit the farm last week. I would like to pay particular thanks to my tour guide, Richard, whose passion and dedication to rare breeds and conservation was a real joy to experience!”
To find out more about Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm visit: https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/parks/tannaghmore-gardens/.
To learn more about the newly launched Agriculture Strategy visit: https://www.armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk/business/agriculture-strategy/.