On the farm run a flock of 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 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 our own gourmet, handmade burgers – and very popular they are too!
We also run a an owl conservation and education centre, Talons, offering unique and memorable, hands on owl experiences, where you can really get up close and interact with these amazing birds of prey! There’s also an extensive reptile and small mammal collection, many of which have been either rescued or re-homed. We spend a lot of time providing fun and educational animal encounters and parties throughout Cornwall, 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, small mammals, 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 25 yrs 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 large 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 little hedgehog, you never know what you might find around the next corner! Then there’s nosey Nim, our beautiful Roe deer, which was rescued as a tiny fawn and brought in for hand rearing.
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!
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