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Tarnasey Farm Stay Accommodation

Sam

 

“El Graco Lavros” is Sam’s racing name, he was a pacer in his finest hours and can still be seen prancing around the paddock in typical pacer style if he hears the voices on the PA system at the nearby go kart track.  Sam is the boss of all the horses and insists on having the first carrot at the gate and likes to keep all the other horses and ponies in line.  Of course this also means that he is always ready to show the kids just how to hold the carrots when they are feeding the horses.

Sam

 

“El Graco Lavros” is Sam’s racing name, he was a pacer in his finest hours and can still be seen prancing around the paddock in typical pacer style if he hears the voices on the PA system at the nearby go kart track.  Sam is the boss of all the horses and insists on having the first carrot at the gate and likes to keep all the other horses and ponies in line.  Of course this also means that he is always ready to show the kids just how to hold the carrots when they are feeding the horses.

Big Boy

 

This big guy is definitely the second in charge but knows to just roll his eyes and move away when Sam is being all bossy.  Big boy came to stay at Tarnasey Farm from a property in the Riverland as a rescue because his owner was forced from their property and couldn’t keep him.  He also arrived with Princess and Charlie as his companions and can often be seen sharing his food with Princess or with her standing under his belly in the shade on a hot sunny day

Sunny

 

This gorgeous old man was the first animal to come to the farm.  His gorgeous blonde mane and golden colour as a miniature palomino make him stand out from the crowd.  He has become a little bit of a loner in his older years but absolutely adores kids and has a beautiful nature.  He often hangs around with Charlie (the little white pony) and they have become good mates.

Chippy

Mr Cheeky!! My gosh this boy has some character.  Chippy is the youngest of group and also the most curious and oh so very entertaining.  He likes to sniff EVERYTHING!  He tips everything over including the farrier’s tool box when he comes along with anything else he can find.  He loves people and adores every second of any attention he can get, definitely a show pony in more ways than one.  A warning, he also likes to know how things taste to and has been known to just try and have a little taste of fingers, clothes and everything in between. So, so , so very cheeky but what a character.

Willow

 

This chocolate brown girl came to us from Roxby Downs as a “riding pony” and likes to let the rest of the gang know that she is around.  She is very fond of her food and, of course, carrots are a big favourite.  Willow can be a little “high maintenance” when she is in the mood and will definitely let the boys know if they are annoying her but she ALWAYS loves to be around kids because it means she will get lots of attention and usually some carrots as well.

Willow

 

This chocolate brown girl came to us from Roxby Downs as a “riding pony” and likes to let the rest of the gang know that she is around.  She is very fond of her food and, of course, carrots are a big favourite.  Willow can be a little “high maintenance” when she is in the mood and will definitely let the boys know if they are annoying her but she ALWAYS loves to be around kids because it means she will get lots of attention and usually some carrots as well.

Princess

 

Here at Tarnasey Farm we describe this little lady as a cross between the donkey out of the movie “Shrek” and Tina Turner.  As soon as you see her you will just know what we are talking about.  She might be the smallest in the paddock but she more than makes up for it with her larger than life attitude!  Princess came to us as a rescue and we are not sure how old she is but she is very much fully grown, unfortunately she missed out on the line up for the long legs but we adore her with all her character and spirit.

Charlie

 

Our little white gentleman of the paddock.  Charlie is the white Pony and came to us a couple of years ago in a really bad way with extensive hoof problems but with some time and effort put into him he is looking a lot better.  He still needs lots of care but he is happy and pain free and is a bit of a loner and only really entertains the company of Sunny when he is feeling sociable.  He is incredibly gentle and quiet and has been a dream to work with and we love him to bits even if he is out quiet little introvert.

Snotty & Sarah

 

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These two girls are our residents pigs.  Snotty (black & white berkshire) was actually seized from her previous owners by the RSPCA under court order and had a incredibly rough start to her life.  She actually went straight into foster care and was nursed back into condition by a lady that spoke in dutch to her and she still responds to it!  She has continued to improve and is now a healthy, happy and content girl and her most favourite food is chocolate cake which she gets sometimes for a treat.  For the most part she is happy with some hay, vegetable scraps and loves her apples.  Sarah is our “pink pig” and came to us a little more than a piglet at about 6 months old.  Her previous owners initially thought she was a miniature pig and paid a considerable amount of money for her only to find out that she is in fact a normal “meat pig” and was going to grow much larger than they anticipated so she has come to spend her life here, rolling in the mud, eating a LOT of fruit and vegies and laying in the sun on cool days and occaisionally giving Snotty a hard time.

Stewie

 

This guy loves a kiss good morning!  He has brown spots on his nose and lips and is so incredibly snuggly.  This guy was picked up beside Port Wakefield road with not a sheep in sight and he was in a bad way.  Trish and her daughter Tahlia searched long and hard to see if there was a herd anyway but couldn’t find any other sheep and he would more than likely have perished.  He is very snuggly but just lately has taken to a quick head butt if he gets to sneak one in while you’re not looking.

Millie

 

The not so little “Miss Millie” was picked up as an orphan by a farmer and had a family offer to keep her.  Unbeknown to this farmer the family thought that it would be ok to keep her in the back yard with their small dogs.  As much as that was a lovely thought it quickly became apparent that she needed more care than they first anticipated.  So Millie moved to Tarnasey Farm and began to enjoy her life with the flock and after a couple of years became a mum to a beautiful little lamb called Lucy.

Lucy

 

As the only lamb at the farm that has not been hand raised she is a little shy around humans but loves being in a flock with her mum and they are usually found hanging around together and don’t stray too far from each other.

Tilly

 

The loveliest little lamb of the flock.  Tilly came to us in 2017 and is the smallest even though she most likely still has some growing to do.  The other sheep are a bit bossy towards her and she is a bit of a loner but she loves seeing the kids come to visit and adores a rub on the cheek or under her chin and a cuddle.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Rambo

 

This guy is an absolute stand out!  Rambo is the “black & white” boy and he absolutely loves a scratch under his tummy or his chin.  This is mainly due to the fact that he is a Dorper so he “sheds” his wool and he was hand raised from around a week old so he also loves human attention.

Chaos

 

Oh my goodness, this smoochie fellow has my heart.  Chaos was aptly named as he joined us at Tarnasey Farm in December 2016 right in the middle of our lives being absolute chaos.  We were in the middle of building sheds on the property, fencing, getting the cabins on line and taking over the produce business and moving it to the property.  As soon as I laid eyes on him I knew he had to have a place here and he is front and centre to say good morning every single morning.  He loves to give kisses and is oh so gentle, my little super star.

Harry

Harry came to Tarnasey Farm from a friends farm in Nairne and was always destined to be here.  My friend rang me one day and said “can you take this little guy, every time we try to round up the sheep he runs towards us and it is creating an absolute nightmare all he wants to do is be next to people.” My immediate response “yes absolutely, no worries”. I went and picked him up, Harry has been with us since about 2013 he is getting pretty old in the tooth now and he did take a while to warm up to the kids but he has definitely got the picture that the kids are there to feed him. Harry is quite lovable, enjoys being fed and having everyone come see him.

Harry

Harry came to Tarnasey Farm from a friends farm in Nairne and was always destined to be here.  My friend rang me one day and said “can you take this little guy, every time we try to round up the sheep he runs towards us and it is creating an absolute nightmare all he wants to do is be next to people.” My immediate response “yes absolutely, no worries”. I went and picked him up, Harry has been with us since about 2013 he is getting pretty old in the tooth now and he did take a while to warm up to the kids but he has definitely got the picture that the kids are there to feed him. Harry is quite lovable, enjoys being fed and having everyone come see him.

Winga

This cheeky little guy came to live at Tarnasey Farm from a friends house in Wallaroo, he had been there for a while and he liked to wake up the entire neighbourhood every morning and was known to be quite vocal. Winga arrived with a couple of other friends, being chickens but they seemed to wander off to do their own thing so he looked a bit lost for a few days until he worked out that the food was yummy, that the kids wanted to feed him and that he didn’t need to be quite so shy here.  Regardless you could still hear him every morning letting the world know that he is awake and so should everyone else be. Winga is very cute and got a whole lot of character for a little duck, we love him here at Tarnasey Farm!

Alibi

A man in Kadina called me one day and said “I have a duck, he has moved into my back yard he is following my chickens around I think he is really lost but I can’t keep him. Would you take him?” of course I said yes.  Alibi arrived with his little curl right in the middle of his tail, not his forehead.  Alibi and Winga have become buddies and are often seen hanging out together pecking away at the grubs and little insects they can find throughout the grounds of Tarnasey Farm.  They are the greatest of mates and it is really cute to see that they have found a friend in each other.  They both love their swimming pool and every single time it is cleaned out they cannot resist jumping in and having a splash around, it is beautiful to see this type of friendship between animals here at Tarnasey Farm.

Our Girls

We usually keep around 35 Isa Brown chickens, sometimes we have various other breeds of chickens arrive from various places for various reasons.  Our chickens are all free range and left to scratch around and do what chickens like to do.  They provide us with fresh eggs for the children to collect and we also sell the eggs which are available for guests to purchase.  Our girls have quite different personalities which some being shy and others not so much, some love their food others or not too bothered by it.  We get them all from Gumview Eggs, a free range farm located at Paskeville and they are completely free range however if you notice any that are missing a few feathers it is probably because they have been a little bit hen pecked and down the food chain so to speak.  Once they come here the number of chickens are a lot lower so they get to have their own space and within about six weeks we find that their feathers have grown back, they start to fill out and hopefully have a nice retirement here at Tarnasey Farm.

Salt

Salt is the coloured goat with a white paint stripe down her tummy. She has been at Tarnasey Farm since 2011 and arrived shortly after we had purchased the property with her twin sister Pepper. Unfortunately both were quite ill when they came to us and Pepper did not make it but Salt has thrived, becoming a very healthy and content little goat.  Although she was hand raised and loved to bits by all the kids she does seem a little bit distance, however she will come up for food.  Salt has her place in the goat herd being about middle of the range. She will stand up for herself but certainly doesn’t rule the roost. Quite a bit of character and on the odd day can be found to be jumping around and playing with the boys and putting her head down and giving them a run for their money.  A special place in our heart being one of the first animals to come live her life at Tarnasey Farm.

Caramello & Shadey

Caramello is our coloured goat and Shadey is black with brown patches on her cheeks. They were left in a backyard in Adelaide and we got a call from the RSPCA to ask if we would take two goats. We picked them up and brought them to Tarnasey Farm, we were told that they were both girls who had been left in an abandoned house in Adelaide and were obviously used to keep the grass down around the house.  When they came to us both were very skinny, needed a lot of care and attention which we were able to give them.  We started to feed them little bits and pieces, slowly building up the amount of feed and they became healthy, glowing, content goats and appeared quite happy with where they were.  They started to put on some weight and condition, then they put on more weight and more weight, then I thought I should stop feeding them so much as they were getting quite round.  After hearing a strange noise one morning I went to investigate only to find that we had brand new baby goats, with five being born.  Instantly our herd had grown from two to seven goats plus Salt which made eight.  Three of the babies are still here with us being Squirt, Licorice and Uno, Uno being the first animal ever born at Tarnasey Farm.  The other two goats went to live on a hobby farm in the Adelaide Hills because once they had all grown up to about a year old the herd was too big for us to keep here, we also wanted to eliminate interbreeding.

Caramello & Shadey

Caramello is our coloured goat and Shadey is black with brown patches on her cheeks. They were left in a backyard in Adelaide and we got a call from the RSPCA to ask if we would take two goats. We picked them up and brought them to Tarnasey Farm, we were told that they were both girls who had been left in an abandoned house in Adelaide and were obviously used to keep the grass down around the house.  When they came to us both were very skinny, needed a lot of care and attention which we were able to give them.  We started to feed them little bits and pieces, slowly building up the amount of feed and they became healthy, glowing, content goats and appeared quite happy with where they were.  They started to put on some weight and condition, then they put on more weight and more weight, then I thought I should stop feeding them so much as they were getting quite round.  After hearing a strange noise one morning I went to investigate only to find that we had brand new baby goats, with five being born.  Instantly our herd had grown from two to seven goats plus Salt which made eight.  Three of the babies are still here with us being Squirt, Licorice and Uno, Uno being the first animal ever born at Tarnasey Farm.  The other two goats went to live on a hobby farm in the Adelaide Hills because once they had all grown up to about a year old the herd was too big for us to keep here, we also wanted to eliminate interbreeding.

Licorice, Uno & Squirt

These three characters are the babies of Caramello and Shadey. Uno was the first animal born here at Tarnasey Farm which was a bit of a surprise discovery as we didn’t realise that his mum, who came to us as a rescue, was pregnant.  Shadey gave birth to triplets, not identical as Licorice who was the smallest is all black and Squirt who is the youngest of the triplets and has the colourings of his dad. They are now both desexed as much as they tried to avoid it by jumping out of the trailer in the middle of Kadina and running down the street.  Luckily the police were in attendance at another matter and were able to assist in containing them and loading them back in to the trailer and to the vets.  They have both challenged each other many times over being the most superior in the herd and are often seen wrestling each other or giving each other a bit of attitude just to see who sits where.

Licorice, Uno & Squirt

These three characters are the babies of Caramello and Shadey. Uno was the first animal born here at Tarnasey Farm which was a bit of a surprise discovery as we didn’t realise that his mum, who came to us as a rescue, was pregnant.  Shadey gave birth to triplets, not identical as Licorice who was the smallest is all black and Squirt who is the youngest of the triplets and has the colourings of his dad. They are now both desexed as much as they tried to avoid it by jumping out of the trailer in the middle of Kadina and running down the street.  Luckily the police were in attendance at another matter and were able to assist in containing them and loading them back in to the trailer and to the vets.  They have both challenged each other many times over being the most superior in the herd and are often seen wrestling each other or giving each other a bit of attitude just to see who sits where.

Licorice, Uno & Squirt

These three characters are the babies of Caramello and Shadey. Uno was the first animal born here at Tarnasey Farm which was a bit of a surprise discovery as we didn’t realise that his mum, who came to us as a rescue, was pregnant.  Shadey gave birth to triplets, not identical as Licorice who was the smallest is all black and Squirt who is the youngest of the triplets and has the colourings of his dad. They are now both desexed as much as they tried to avoid it by jumping out of the trailer in the middle of Kadina and running down the street.  Luckily the police were in attendance at another matter and were able to assist in containing them and loading them back in to the trailer and to the vets.  They have both challenged each other many times over being the most superior in the herd and are often seen wrestling each other or giving each other a bit of attitude just to see who sits where.

Karma

Oh my goodness, where do I even try to start describing a goat that came to us thinking it was dog.  Karma arrived from being in a very spoilt home, unfortunately his owners could not take him with them to where they were moving to.  We put him into the goat pen where he stood with his tail in the corner for three days looking at the other goats totally mystified at what they actually were.  The other goats weren’t all that kind to Karma so we moved him in with sheep and thought they would be kinder and a little less aggressive towards him.  Karma decided that he would be aggressive towards the sheep.  We weren’t sure what to do next, in the end he was put out in the paddock with all of the other animals including the alpaca, cows and horses.  Eventually after about a year the goats accepted Karma and he became part of the herd.  He is definitely not the alpha male but he holds his own now.  Karma still remains quite tame and can be patted, he is the first one that goes up to the kids to eat from their tubs.  Karma is absolutely without a doubt food driven and a very important part of the fur-baby clan here at Tarnasey Farm.

Lucy

Lucy is our very much cherished rabbit, she was advertised on the local for sale site by a friend of mine who’s daughter had outgrown having this cuddly, adorable, funny, entertaining rabbit. She came here when I realized that she had been handled and that it would be great for the kids to be able to hold her.  Since then she is often found hanging out inside our home, loves to be hopping around the place finding hiding places or just sitting under my desk in the office.  We often lovingly call her the admin assistant although she doesn’t usually help too much.  Lucy loves the kids and a snuggle.

Bubble & Squeak

These are our two resident guinea pigs and although they are getting on in their years now, they are still quite entertaining.  They would jump around in their cage when they were very little excited to see people but as they years have gone on they have got to the point where they are little bit over all the fuss that the children make and would prefer a much quieter environment, it must be part of their retirement plan. Nevertheless they will live their lives out here in the sunshine enjoying lots of food and yummy treats.

Coco

Oh my gosh! This little girl took my heart. I received a call from a local family in 2015 saying that their Alpacas had baby and they had been away for a couple of days in Adelaide and came home to find that the mother had passed away.  They found the baby standing next to its mother in the paddock and they had no idea what to do.

As hobby farms trying to get into the paddock to get this baby was quite a challenge as the father was quite aggressive towards people.  So with a little bit of distraction the dad was kept away and I managed to run through a gate and scooped up this baby into my arms, the most adorable thing. She was hungry, thirsty and missing her mum.  At a tiny 5kg she fit in the floor well of my car and I brought her home, mixed up some milk and tried to give her a bottle.  The first bottle was like trying to put a octopus in a freezer bag while it was still alive, there was legs and stuff going everywhere she had no idea.  But, it didn’t take her long to cotton onto the idea that what I was trying to do wasn’t that bad and she soon began to drink. She began to grow and entertain, she became the best of friends with Mic and they still are. She remembers every year when he comes, they reacquaint she sniffs him, he doesn’t care and they run off and play together. She adores him!  She absolutely believes that I am her mum and loves nothing more than a kiss from me however she is not too old to not want to play and if you see her out in the paddock and I happen to be nearby she quite likes to jump on top of me and try to wrestle and play as she would with a sibling or another member of the herd. She decides instantly the people she likes or not, she can spit and has been known to do so when provoked but generally she is quite happy to just be fed and have attention. Those big brown eyes, beautiful eyelashes she is an adorable face to see every morning when we head down to feed the animals.

Ruby, Rosie, Roxy & Rory

Ruby & Rosie (white spot on her head), our Murray Grey cows, came to live at the farm in 2014 as two 3 day old calves they were hand raised and bottle fed everyday by myself and guests during farm tours and grew into beautiful affectionate, very dribbly, cows. They are often seen to give a big cow lick in the mornings, they have the most beautiful wet noses and absolutely LOVE their food.  They then went to visit a male friend in the next paddock, a black angus bull, owned by our neighbours and they produced two gorgeous calves in December 2016.  The lighter calf is Roxby and the darker one is Rory. We were very fortunate to see them born in the middle of the Christmas rush.  They gave birth right next to the shed and calved very well resulting in two beautiful little calves coming safely into the world. We made sure to go into the pen with them and handle them a lot, Rosie and Roxy were content with that making it easier for us to get them use to people.  Rory is quite the cheeky little boy, if there is a tap to knock over he will do it, if there is a food bin that shouldn’t be moved he will move and he is always mischievous.  Rory likes to annoy Roxy, like an painful little brother or cousin and as the sun sets he likes to play for an hour or so and she sometimes engages but other times just rolls her eyes and walks away to hide with mum. Our four beautiful cows wouldn’t be anywhere else they adore people, they love their food and have a very special place in our hearts here. 

Mic

We don’t have our own dog here at Tarnasey Farm, what we have is this lump of a guy! He is getting on in age now but every year for about 3 months we have this most gorgeous chocolate Labrador called Mic. He comes to visit while his owners head north in their caravan for the 3 months over winter and we love it! We describe it as him coming to the resort, he spends most of his time laying on the lounge or in front of the heater. He absolutely adores children, he doesn’t jump and certainly isn’t rude in anyway but he is always so excited to greet people with his tail wagging. Mic loves nothing more than a pat and to be around all the kids and other animals. He settles in perfectly every year often taking on a lamb as a companion in one case, Coco the alpaca.  Mic is tolerant and gets along so well with all the animals, he is not fussed by any of them.  We adore having him visit each year and we like to think he looks forward to his visits with us too.