“More Endangered than a Giant Panda” – Rare breed foal bred at Chatsworth
A critically endangered Suffolk Punch foal is now home at Chatsworth and charming visitors and employees alike as the estate’s rare breeds programme bears its first fruit.
Eugenie, the Chatsworth Farmyard mare successfully gave birth in April to a beautiful colt foal, who has been named Huxley. The pair have now returned from the stud farm to take up residence in the farmyard.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust considers Suffolk Punch horses to be critically endangered. There are fewer than 500 purebred Suffolk horses registered in the UK now, and Eugenie is one of only 72 female Suffolk punches, making them more endangered than the Giant Panda. Huxley is one of the finest colts born this year and is a significant addition to the breeding programme.
Farmyard team member Rachel Kearsey said: “The farmyard team are thrilled to welcome back Eugenie and Huxley. Eugenie was pleased to return to the farmyard – whinnying with excitement when the trailer bought her back into the yard.
“Huxley has been a huge hit with visitors. He was very shy to begin with but his cheeky personality is now showing through.”
Huxley and Eugenie spend their day in the bottom yard at the farmyard entrance and spend the evenings out in the farmyard paddocks.
Chatsworth Farmyard is home to a number of the country’s rarest breeds of livestock and equines, including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Albion cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Bagot goats and Cream Legbar chickens, with British Landrace pigs and Eriskay ponies.
Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) awarded RBST accreditation to Chatsworth Farmyard earlier this year, recognising its important contribution to the conservation of some the rarest livestock and equine breeds native to the UK.
RBST is the national charity that works to secure the future of rare breeds of native livestock and equines. Chatsworth Farmyard is now part of the 25-strong network of RBST accredited farm parks which take part in crucial conservation programmes, manage special breeding groups, and support education about rare breeds and why they matter.
While Chatsworth is looking forward to being able to welcome more people back to the estate following the easing of restrictions on 19 July, the health and wellbeing of visitors and colleagues remains its number one priority. Key measures will include requiring visitors aged 11 years and upwards to wear a face covering in the house and encouraging use in all other indoor areas, such as the restaurants and gift shops
Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground is open daily. For advance tickets and opening times, please visit www.chatsworth.
Chatsworth supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.