Cute new additions at South Yorkshire farm

Chloe Wetherill with 3 day old un named Alpaca at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne
Chloe Wetherill with 3 day old un named Alpaca at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne
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Visitors to Cannon Hall Farm will be squealing with delight at its new additions.

The 1,000th piglet has been born at the farm at Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

New arrivals in the pig pen with a brood of 19 piglets at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne

New arrivals in the pig pen with a brood of 19 piglets at Cannon Hall Farm in Cawthorne

Staff have had a busy 12 months delivering litters day and night in the new farmyard which opened in July last year.

The special piglet has been christened Dickie after one of the farm’s directors, Richard Nicholson, who shares the same birthday.

The 19 piglets are not the only new additions to the bustling farm, which is celebrating 25 years in the tourism industry this year.

Staff have welcomed a new male alpaca, who was born on Wednesday and is quickly settling into his new home in the rare breeds farm.

The cute new addition does not have a name yet and farm staff are running a competition to find him one.

Suggestions should be emailed info@cannonhallfarm.co.uk and the winner will receive a family day ticket to the farm.

The new farmyard, built as the first part of a £3.5 million project, allows the public to see everything that goes on during normal working hours including tractor work.

The daily milk demonstrations are proving a big hit, especially with the younger visitors.

Stage two of the project is now well under way.

A farm-themed indoor play area, a restaurant, small animal handling zone and a new classroom for lessons on how food gets from field to fork is due to open later this year.

There will also be a refit of the farm shop and a new eco-friendly biomass boiler will be installed.

Roger Nicholson, who runs the farm with his three sons Richard, Robert and David, plans to make it the best farm park in the country.

He said: “When the project started it would be fair to say the 126 acre farm was fairly dilapidated with missing roofs and a muddy farmyard.

“Now we have state of the art facilities and more on the way.

“It’s been a long and interesting road.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved.”

Over the summer the farm will offer numerous family activities, including tractor and trailer rides, birds of prey, and sheep and ferret racing.