New foal arrives at Home Farm

Caption: The new arrival at Home Farm, with mum Maria.

After an anxious wait and a couple of false alarms, a new foal has finally arrived at a popular Leeds farm.

Maria the donkey gave birth to the as yet unnamed dark chocolate coloured male foal on May 5, and will join at Home Farm older sister Snowdrop, who was born on Valentine’s Day in 2012.

The new addition is already running around his pen, and throughout May, visitors will be given the chance to suggest a name by filling in a slip at Home Farm’s entrance.

Home Farm boasts over 400 sheep, pigs, poultry and goats, along with an interesting mixture of recreated workshops and exhibitions, and continues to a bit hit with visitors both young and old.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council's executive member for the environment said:

"After a nervous wait, we are delighted to welcome to Home Farm our new foal, who I am pleased to say is doing really well in his new surroundings.

"Home Farm is a place that all the family can enjoy, and in May, there will also be the chance to suggest a name for our new foal, who is already proving to be a big hit with visitors."

Notes to editors:

Home Farm offers the opportunity to explore life on a real working farm and meet some extraordinary characters. Over 400 sheep, cattle, pigs, poultry and goats are at Temple Newsam, and there is also the chance to enjoy traditional crafts or take part in demonstrations such as butter making and blacksmithing!

Explore the cobbled yards to discover an interesting mixture of recreated workshops, exhibitions and rare breed livestock, all in the original buildings, including the historical Great Barn.

Home Farm is open 10am until 4pm (winter hours) Tuesday to Sunday inclusive. Last entry is 45 minutes before closing.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk