Families on a day out to Odds Farm Park will love to meet new resident Wibbly, a Tamworth “gilt” pig. Visitors to the family day out favourite may be interested to know that a gilt is a female pig that has not had piglets and is under the age of 2. After this, she is known as a sow.
Wibbly, who was born in July 2011, arrived at the children’s farm from a breeder in Oxfordshire and it is hoped that she will be used for breeding baby piglets in the near future. Visitors on a day out can meet Wibbly at present in the Undercover Animal Barns.
The Tamworth is considered Britain’s oldest pure breed and is similar in appearance to the Old English Forest Pig. Of all the native breeds the Tamworth experienced the least influence from imports of Asian pigs during the 18th and 19th centuries. There are differing theories as to how the breed originally developed with one theory being the breed was influenced by the import of red pigs from Barbados. The Tamworth is a very hardy animal and is suited to an outdoor system as their ginger coat protects the breed from sunburn.
For more information about the Animals at Odds Farm Park, families should visit The Animals page of the Odds Farm Park website at www.oddsfarm.co.uk
Open from 10am to 5.30pm daily, as well as plenty of furry friends to meet, children on a day out can discover the NEW Giant Indoor Playbarn – a massive adventure play area with stacks of fun for all ages. Combined with the outdoor Adventure Maze, Go-Karts, Log Play Areas and Crazy Golf, plus fun Tractor and Trailer Rides (Apr to Oct), there’s so much to do.
Odds Farm Park is easily reached from Uxbridge, North London, Ealing, West London, Harrow, Slough and Maidenhead. For more information, directions and prices visit the family days out website www.oddsfarm.co.uk