Our Animals

The snowy owl is a large, white owl of the true owl family. It is sometimes also referred to, as the polar owl, white owl and the Arctic owl. They are also often known as a "still-hunter", until it spots its prey then they accelerate rapidly in for the kill.
The Eurasian eagle-owl is a species of eagle-owl that resides in much of Eurasia. With their bright orange eyes, mottled feathers, and "ear tufts," Eurasian Eagle-owls are visually striking animals. Their large, powerful feet and strong flight make them effective hunters.
Harris Hawks (Parabuteo unicinctus) is a medium-large sized bird of prey found from North America southward to Central and South America. These birds of prey are highly sociable and are easy to be trained.
The tawny owl or brown owl is a stocky, medium-sized owl commonly found in woodlands across much of the Palearctic. It has a rounded body and head, with a ring of dark feathers around its face surrounding the dark eyes. It is a widespread breeding species in England, Wales and Scotland.
We have 2 cows at Applecast, Jane and Rosie. These two are Hereford x Jersey heifers and were born in July 2020. This breed is a small breed of cow mainly used on dairy farms. A Female cow who has not yet had a calf is called a heifer so that is what Jane and Rosie are. Once they have had a calf they are then classed as a cow.
We have 3 Alpacas at Applecast.. Acka , Macka and Packa. Alpacas are part of the camelid family which is why they resemble a cammel and a llama. Alpacas are used mainly for wool, they have extreamly soft wool and this wool is fire resistant, durable and hypoalergenic. It is usualy a more expencive wool than sheeps woll as it is so much fluffier and soft.
Kune Kune pigs originate from New Zealand, they are such a friendly breed of pig and love human interaction. We have 4 pigs here at Applecast, Joe, Joey , Lucky and Peppa
At Applecast we have 4 Greyface Dartmoor sheep Georgie ,Patricia ,Brenda and Ralph. this breed are classed as a Rare breed and are in the minority category. They are a very sociable breed of sheep and love attention and a cuddle. Grey face dartmoor are a medium sized sheep with quite short legs and hornless. Traditionally there wool is used for carpets, blankets and cloth as it is quite a long curly fleece
We have 7 North Ronaldsay sheep, 6 Ewes and Barry the Ram. This breed are much more flighty and unsociable than the Dartmoors. They are also classed as a Rare breed and are in the vounrable category meaning that there is only between 500-900 left. They are a much smaller breed than our other sheep and lots of people mistake them for goats because of the horns and slim figure.