Animals of the Patch

 

PEtting Zoo at Bomke's patch

We hope that you are enjoying your visit at Bomke's! We specialize in family fun, but we also care about education. Read below to learn more about the animals you will see and pet at our farm!

*Heritage breed- 

Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture.


Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites. Sourced from "The Livestock Conservatory"

 
 
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Can you find Ralph?

Ralph is a Mini Scottish Higland calf. He was born in March of 2018. If you couldn't guess Highland cattle originate from the Scottish Highland of Scotland. They were a prefered breed due to their ability to adapt to harsh weather and grazing conditions. Highlands are one of many * Heritage breeds that can be found on our farm.

Cows: Female that has never had a baby is called a Heifer and a female that has had a baby is called a Cow

            Male is called a Bull

           Baby is called a Calf

           Neutered male is called a Steer

 
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Can you find poppy?

Poppy is one of our mini pigs! Mini pigs are bred to be indoor and outdoor pets. Full grown pigs will have the intelligence of a 3 yr old and will housebreak and crate train, just like a dog! Click the learn button below if you want to learn more or are interested in a Juliana Piglet!!

 
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Other Animals around our Farm!

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 CAn you find Swiss Miss?

Swiss Miss is a Saneen Milk Goat. Do you notice that her utter is much larger then the other goats? When "in milk" she can produce upwards of a gallon/day! Goats milk is used as a healthier substitute for cow's milk, to make goats cheese, and because of it's benefits to the skin it is used to make soap. To produce milk, a goat must first be bred and deliver a baby. The baby is then bottle fed and the mom's milk is used for the products listed above. Goat's milk will also be used for some orphaned farm animals that need to be bottle fed. She is a farm favorite and is ALWAYS HUNGRY!! So make sure you check her out!

 
 
 
 
 

can you find bonnie & clyde?

Bonnie and Clyde are Fainting goats. Fainting goats are listed on the Livestock Conservatory as recovering *Heritage Breed. Myotonic "fainting goats" obtained their name due to an unusual physical reaction to being startled. When startled they will lock up their back legs and at times fall over seemingly paralyzed for several seconds. It is said that this breed of goat was praised by shepherds with flocks of sheep. They would let the goats graze with the sheep and if a predator approached the goat would faint and be sacrificed as dinner instead of one of their prized sheep. These days, fainting goats are raised as pasture pets and for meat production. Clyde photobombed this picture!

 
 
 

Can you find Rosie?

Rosie is a Pygmy Goat. Pygmy goats are a small breed of goat that are notorious escape artists! They are very agile and can jump high and balance on very little. Rosie always has tiny little babies that are full of life!! 

Goat: Female is called a nanny or Doe

           Male is called a Buck or Billy

            Baby is called a Kid

            Neutered male is called a Wether

 

 

Can you find jazzy?

Jazzy is a mini horse. Mini horses can live to be 25-35 years old! Mini horses are kept as pets, trained for riding and are even kept as service animals! Some people also keep them in their houses. Mini horses have feet called hooves that have to trimmed on a regular basis. 

Horse: Female is called a Mare

             Male is called a Stallion 

             Baby is called a Foal

             Neutered male is called a Gelding

 

 

Can you find smokey and snowy?

Smokey and Snowy are our mini donkeys. Donkeys are known to be even tempered animals, but stubborn. Instead of kicking or struggling they will plant their feet in a wide stance and NOT MOVE! Donkeys will live for 25-35 years! Our donkeys are kept as pets, but across much of the world they are used for work. Donkeys are used as pack animals to carry goods (including people) and are also used to guard sheep. Donkeys natural enemies are anything resembling a dog, wolf, and coyote.

Donkey: Female is called a Jenny or Jennet

                Male is called a Jack or Ass

                Baby is called a Foal

               Neutered male is called a John

 

Can you find Tiny?

Tiny is a breed of sheep called the Barbados Blackbelly. Cool name right!?! Tiny's breed is a *Heritage breed that is on the Livestock Conservatory's list of endangered species. Barbados Blackbelly are a "Hair Sheep". A Hair Sheep will shed its wool without needing to be sheared. Other breeds of sheep generally require shearing at least twice a year or their wool will grow forever! Many breeds of sheep on on the Livestock Conservatory's list due to the increased market of synthetic fabrics. Wool is not as commonly used as it once was. Sheep are also raised for meat.

Sheep: Female is called a Ewe

             Male is called a Ram

            Baby is called a lamb

            Neutered male is called a wether

 

can you find greta and matthias?

To find these two you will have to walk around to the other side of the barn. What looks diffrent about these pigs? They are growing WOOL! Mangalista pigs also known as "Wooley Pigs" are a rare type of *Heritage breed pigs. These guys hail from Austria where they were nearly slaughtered to extinction. These pigs are highly sought after for their meat and lard, which is said to be "the Kobe beef of pork". These pigs are pasture raised which results in a meat high in omega threes and good cholesterol. This breed just came to the U.S in 2009. It is our hope that these two will be the foundation of our herd and provide a local source for some delicious/rare pork!!

Pigs: Female before having a baby is called a Gilt and after is called a Sow

          Males is called a Boar

         Baby is called a piglet

         Neutered male is called a Barrow

 

Kim and Kelly our percheron draft horses! Keep an eye out for the opportunity to ride and learn about draft horses