On the farm we keep Herdwick sheep, a Cumbrian breed renowned for the distinctive flavour of the meat (and superb escapologists!), Shire horses, truly magnificent animals, rheas (mini Ostrich and a whole lot better tempered!), rare breed pigs, various types of poultry and last, but not least, alpacas. We produce our own high welfare meats, which are sold through local restaurants and shops, and our mobile catering business The ‘Ansum Burger Co., which sells gourmet, handmade burgers – and very popular they are too!
We also run a an owl encounter and breeding centre, Talons, offering unique and memorable, hands on owl experiences and farm tours, where you can really get up close and interact with all the animals and birds! We can also come to you with our animal parties, for that special event.
A warm welcome to Hendra Farm
Hendra Farm is set amongst the stunning countryside of South East Cornwall, and is home to an eclectic mix of much loved horses, birds, reptiles, exotic and farm animals, and the awe inspiring owls of Talons, Owl experience centre. The farm is zoo licensed and is run by Senara and David Collings, whose high standards of animal welfare and commitment to their lifestyle, is their overriding passion. Hendra Farm produces the meat for Senara’s gourmet Cornish catering business The ‘Ansum Burger Co, which can be seen out and about at local festivals, rallies and agricultural shows, and is also sold from The Larder to local pubs, shops and restaurants.
The farm has been home to several magnificent Shire horses for over twenty years, and still has its first mare, now 24yrs old! They quietly graze the fields whilst many admirers pause to appreciate their sheer size and beauty – they truly are gentle giants!
A flock of Rheas can be seen grazing in the paddocks – they are inquisitive, friendly and rather endearing birds, farmed for eggs, chicks, feathers and meat.
The Herdwick sheep always cause a second look because of their distinctive colouring, and ‘teddy bear’ like faces. They truly are the ‘Houdinis’ of the sheep world, and will find any weakness in your fencing!
The alpacas are also attractive animals, inquisitive but shy, and by farming them for meat, we offer the breed a real future, and improve the welfare of those that don’t ‘make the grade’.
There is also a small selection of exotic animals and reptiles which cause many a double take, and are always a talking point. From an enormous Burmese python (who’s a big softie), to a very cheeky Prevost’s squirrel, you never know what you might find around the next corner!
The welfare of our livestock and their environment is paramount – we pride ourselves on the care and attention our animals and birds receive on a daily basis. Every official inspection we have ever undergone, whether for zoo licensing or farm cross compliance, has resulted in nothing but praise and commendation from the inspectors – a fact that we are justifiably proud of.
We have been featured on BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Spotlight, Radio 4’s Farming Today and ITV’s The Hungry Sailors.
The daily life and happenings of a Cornish smallholding with an eclectic mix of creatures, large and small! A small farm with a big passion!
We recently visited Looe Bay Holiday Park to provide an animal encounter for an owner’s afternoon entertainment special. The guests were able to meet Victor the Giant Tortoise, Sam the...