Mini Highland & Valais Sheep Farm Tours
Farm tours give you the opportunity to learn more about our operation here at Cyrus Ridge Farm. On this tour you'll have the chance to ask questions you may have regarding raising or breeding miniature Highlands, and Valais Blacknose Sheep. You'll be able to see our facilities, farm layout, and the equipment we use. We can share what we have found, through trial and error, to be the most efficient equipment to "get the job done". Most importantly, you'll get to meet, and offer treats to our breeding stock of mini Highlands, Valais sheep, and hopefully a few fluffy calves. Not interested in owning your own mini Highland, or any sheep, and only want to enjoy the scenery and see these beautiful and majestic animals up close and personal? Well, this tour is for you as well!!
Our farm tours are relatively simple. We have fenced pathways creating a horseshoe shape through 7 different paddocks or fields, which give our guests the opportunity to see, and interact with the Highland cattle, and Valais Sheep no matter what field they are occupying. This design also allow us to easily rotate our Highlands for optimized grazing, and on occasion you may even get to join in on the fun of moving them from one field to another. The walk is about 1/4 mile and a bit hilly. We generally do not go inside any of the paddocks with our adult highlands. This is for the safety of both you and our Highlands. However, the cows love visitors, and will typically come to the fence for a treat, and a selfie opportunity.
The best time for a farm tour is April-October. Calving season starts in late winter/early spring. For the next few months, they are left with their moms. During that time the calves typically have no desire to be interact with us humans! Early summer, and throughout the fall, we have weaning calves in their own paddock, and the weather is less harsh for a walking tour. To give the best chance of an interactive experience, visits during June-August are limited to early morning, or late evening. The fluffy cows will rest in the shade during the day and graze at night during the warmest summer months.
Please be sure and plan ahead. We do not have public restroom at the farm, and due to the nature of the tour we ask that you wear appropriate clothing and shoes. You definitely don't want to show up with the family in your Sunday best. Plan to leave here a little dirty, with some slobber on your pants, and your heart filled with lots of love!
The one-time $55 farm tour fee is all inclusive for groups of up to eight people and typically lasts 45 minutes -1 hour. Included in this fee you will also receive a Cyrus Ridge Farm travel cup, two custom leather coasters, and a few treats as a "Thank-You" from us. If you would like to visit our mini Scottish Highland cattle, please fill out the form below! Additional cup and coaster packages can be purchased at the time of booking for $30.
*Please note, tour fees are collected at the time of booking. This fee is non-refundable but can be transferred to another date if canceled within a 48-hours of the original booking.
Most people come for the animals and stay for the view! This is your opportunity to do both! Soak in the amazing beauty that is surrounding our farm, while enjoying some animal therapy.
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