Basils Farm has a number of resident animals in the farm including Llama’s, Babydoll Sheep and Chickens. Our Llama’s are crowd favourites and stay close to the small flock of Baby Doll Sheep: “Sam”, “Shawn”, “Timmy” and “Baba”. Chickens breeds include Australorp and White and Brown Sussex. The chickens have been laying loads of eggs daily which are being put to good use in the Cafe.
Animal Feeding Sessions
Basils Farm regularly holds Animal Feeding Sessions for children under 12 years. Sessions start in the April school holidays and are held every Thursday until December, with additional dates throughout the school holidays. Please visit our EVENTS page to see further details. Booking information will generally be available a month prior to bookings. https://www.basilsfarm.com.au/basils-farm-events/
Llamas are a South American relative of the camel. There are four different breeds of South American Camellids: Lama Llama, Lama Alpaca, Lama Guanaco and Lama Vicuna. Basils Farm Llamas are Lama Llamas. These sturdy animals have traditionally been used by the people of the Andes Mountains. At the farm they have an important role as guard llamas, protecting our Baby Doll sheep. Llamas are naturally aggressive towards foxes and dogs and extend this protection to their flock or companions.
For more information on Llamas visit: www.llama.asn.au
Southdown “Baby Doll” Sheep
December 2016 also saw the introduction of Baby Doll sheep: “Sam”, “Shawn”, “Timmy” and “Baba”. You will see their cute “teddy bear” faces down in the paddocks adjacent to Swan Bay. Southdown Baby Doll sheep are a small breed (40-60cm in height) originating from England. They are raised for their flavoursome, tender meat and fine fleece. They have been used in many vineyards as organic weeders and tend not to damage the fruit, so we hope to trial them amongst our vines in the future. For more information visit: minaturesheepdownunder.com.au
Chickens are an essential part of our farm, providing delicious farm fresh eggs for the Cafe. We have a variety of chicken breeds at Basils Farm including: Australorp and White and Brown Sussex breeds. Our hens are free to roam within their protective portable electric fence and nest in their movable hen house. During busy periods when supply cannot meet demand, we supplement our stock with free range eggs from WesEggs. WesEggs employ sustainable and regenerative farming practices and their happy hens don’t have trimmed beaks or clipped wings.