Baby boom joy at rare breed farm

rareEB''Baby boom at Heeley City Farm, which has a new rare breed status.
rareEB''Baby boom at Heeley City Farm, which has a new rare breed status.

A SHEFFIELD farm awarded a special status for its work to keep rare breeds alive has been celebrating with a baby boom.

Heeley City Farm has been given the prestigious Rare Breeds Farm Park accolade for its work preserving little-known species of farm animals.

And the farm’s large black pigs Lucky and Rosie - which belong to the rarest species of pig - have marked the occasion with a new litter of seven.

The three male piglets from the litter will be sent to other rare breed centres to carry on the bloodline when they are old enough.

Ruth Dalton, north field officer from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome the farm onto our approved city network in recognition of the great work it does.’’

Soay sheep have also added to the baby boom, as have twin kids born to Summer the pygmy goat.

The farm is open daily, from 10am to 4pm.