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I’ve been looking for the perfect rabbit for our farm. You should always do your research first when choosing an animal because its very easy to get caught up in the cute, fluffiness and before you know it you’ve got a fully grown beast on your hands. I’d pretty much made up my mind on getting a Continental Giant rabbit (Conti for short) which originate from the Flemish Giant rabbit, but I went to meet some other breeds to be certain. As cute as Netherland dwarf lops with their tiny ears and eyeliner look, they are very lively and can be quite un-sociable and grumpy… so not perfect for our farm.

Continental Giants however are the most chilled out rabbit you have ever seen. I met the baby rabbits (kits) and Dad who weighs an amazing 12kg and Mum who weighs 10kg. Dad was stretched out sunbathing and chewing a ball and making grunting noises every now and then and the babies (you can see below) were chilling out in a pet carrier. Fully grown Contis are about the size of an adult Jack Russell and are very much like dog. Some of them like to play fetch and they bond with people like a dog does. The black VM rabbit you see below is the one that will be coming to our farm. He has a tiny white spot on his head and at the moment is 10 weeks old and the size of a regular adult rabbit. I’m very excited to get him and see what our learners make of him. Rabbits are happier with company so when he’s old enough he will be neutered and we can introduce him to a companion.

Name that herd

I have a little challenge for Darton College! We have to find a name for our goat herd… Anyone holding Livestock has to registered with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and obtain a holding license. Before we can apply to get a holding license we will need a herd name. If...

Down on DC Farm

I thought I’d take a moment to answer some of the questions on a lot of lips… Are we really getting a farm at Darton College? Who is that person that’s up and down school in purple wellies ? Where is this farm going to be? and most importantly…...

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