From its earliest days, the Farm has been home to a variety of animals and livestock. We don't know what animals and livestock the early Taylors or George and Willie Bray kept by when they lived on the Farm. Before the advent of mechanical tractors or trucks, it would have been impossible to run a farm without horses and draft animals. Beyond those, it's likely, and there is some archaeological evidence, that they kept chickens, cattle, pigs and, maybe, sheep. Regardless, we have our own livestock now. So let's introduce you to them.
What we do know for certain is that since at least the late 1940s, sheep were raised here. Robert Williams Sr. raised prize sheep when he owned the Farm. If you have been to the farm lately, you know the Farm still has a ram and several ewes. So come visit Patch and the lady sheep whenever you like. More about the sheep can be found here.
Surely you know that there are more than sheep here. In the early 2000s, David Sears of Nobscusset Farm in Dennis donated two Scottish Highland Cattle to the Farm. Scotty (unfortunately, no longer with us) and Fiona quickly became favorites of visitors. In fact, Fiona is now the Farm's senior residents. Find out more about Fiona here.
Rusty and Dusty have formed the Farm's welcoming committee for a number of years. They're the friendliest guys at the Farm. The goats just love it when you rub their noses. Just remember, no matter how much you might want to, DON'T feed them or any of the other animals. See more of Rusty and Dusty here.
Sam and Nestor were acquired for the Farm through the generosity and efforts of Bill McClennan a few years ago. They are shier than Rusty and Dusty so they won't always come up to the fence when they see you. They are fun to watch when they chase one another around the pasture. There is more about Sam and Nestor here.
And then there are the chickens. Over the years, we've had several varieties of hens: Wyandottes, Cuckoo Marans (love the name!), Light Brahmas and Easter Eggers (another cute name) which lay lovely blue eggs. The latest arrival is Orville, our loud and feisty rooster. Be careful when he's around. Learn more about our chickens here.
100% of farm revenue goes for the maintenance of the farm. Most of that is for the care and feeding of the animals. So your donations and membership in Taylor-Bray Farm are a great help.