A warm welcome to Hendra Farm
Hendra Farm produces the meat (Herdwick lamb, native breed pork and alpaca meat) for its 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 to local pubs and private customers. We also keep Shire horses and Rheas – members of the Ostrich family.
The farm has been home to several magnificent Shire horses for over twenty years, and still has its first mare, now 26yrs old! They quietly graze the fields whilst many admirers pause to appreciate their sheer size and beauty – they truly are gentle giants! We have four Shires, and four generations! Viddy, her daughter Beauty, her grand-daughter Connie and Great grand-daughter Rosie.
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. More information about our Rheas can be found here.
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! Their meat is tender and tasty, high in Omega 3, and benefits from being allowed to mature slowly and naturally on grass.
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’ i.e. barren females, excess males, and those with poor confirmation and bad temperaments. Alpaca meat is very lean and high in protein, with a taste that is not unlike a ‘sweet beef’.
The pigs are kept outside, in specially constructed pens that allow them to get the sun on their backs, but also shelter them from the harsher elements. Deep straw beds and ‘muzzling’ areas encourage natural behaviours and contented porkers!
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.
Group visits are welcome – by prior arrangement. We offer a day of animal based activities, alongside the owls and exotic animals of Talons.
We have been featured on BBC Radio Cornwall, BBC Spotlight, Radio 4’s Farming Today and ITV’s The Hungry Sailors.