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Visit the farm at Wester Kittochside for seasonal agricultural demonstrations with the animals and crops. Share your photos with us.

New Ayrshire calves

We're delighted to announce the arrival of our new additions to the Ayrshire herd. Molly was born on Friday 17 February and Carrie’s Prodigy II was born on Sunday 19 February.  Pop up to the farm to see them in the small byre during museum opening hours.

Spring sheep scanning

We have recently scanned our sheep to see how many lambs we can expect this spring.  It's the same technology when scanning expectant human mothers use except on a much larger scale.  After scanning the ewes are grouped according to their expected number of lambs and this enables us to feed them correctly.

Highland calves

We had a very special delivery just in time for Christmas; a pair of eight-month old Highland calves called Airgead II and Ceo V.  As is the tradition with the Highland breed, the have each been given the Gaelic name of their dam (mother), which preserves the identity of the female line.

The calves came from Woodneuk Fold at Barrhead, and have a strong pedigree bloodline; their grandsire was male champion at the Royal Highland show in 2009.  Visit the calves, alongside our prize-winning Ayrshire cows, Aberdeen Angus cattle, Tamworth pigs, sheep, hens and Clydesdale horses. 

Above: Airgead II and Ceo V in their new home, with Ritchie Young, Farm Manager at the National Museum of Rural Life.

Silage goes pink

This year our silage has been wrapped in pink in support of the Breast Cancer Now charity. For every roll of pink Topwrap film purchased, £3 is donated to the charity.

Above: Silage wrapped in pink Topwrap film for Breast Cancer Now charity © Ruth Armstrong Photography

Familiar farm faces

Say hello to Maggie McDougall, our Stockperson, and Ritchie Young, our Farm Manager,  when you see them at the farm.

They have a wealth of farming knowledge which they are keen to share with you during your visit.

Our small experienced team look after all the livestock on the working farm and manage our land around the farmhouse, steading and beyond.

  • Catch a glimpse of the Tamworth pigs in the fields this season © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    Catch a glimpse of the Tamworth pigs in the fields this season © Ruth Armstrong Photography
  • Our Ayrshire dairy herd are waiting for the arrival of their new calves © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    Our Ayrshire dairy herd are waiting for the arrival of their new calves © Ruth Armstrong Photography
  • See the hens up at the farm this winter © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    See the hens up at the farm this winter © Ruth Armstrong Photography
  • Meet Sooty the cat and Helyn at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.

    Meet Sooty the cat and Helyn at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.
  • Meet the Ayshire herd at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    Meet the Ayshire herd at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life © Ruth Armstrong Photography
  • See the Blackface sheep at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.

    See the Blackface sheep at Wester Kittochside Farm, National Museum of Rural Life.
  • Meet Mairi the Clydesdale up at Wester Kittochside Farm © Ruth Armstrong Photography

    Meet Mairi the Clydesdale up at Wester Kittochside Farm  © Ruth Armstrong Photography

News from 2016

Piglets

We were delighted to announce that three more Tamworth piglets were born on Saturday 17 September in addition to the eight that arrived in August! 

Twinkle's piglets

Royal Highland Show success

Two of the Kittochside dairy herd were shown at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh this year with great success. Kittochside Carrie's Napier was entered in the cow in milk, having had one calving prior to three years of age class and was placed 4th and Nora Louise 2nd was entered in cow in calf to be shown milked out class and was placed 2nd. Nora Louise 2nd was also in the Championship but was un-placed. This was only our second visit to the Royal Highland Show so everyone is delighted with the results. 

Event information

When

1 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
10:00 onwards

Where

Up at the farm

How much

Adult: £7
Concessions: £6
Child: £4 (under 5 free)
Family £19 (2 adults and 2 children)
National Museums Scotland Members: Free
National Trust Scotland Members and National Art Pass holders: Free except for some events.

Booking information

Booking not required.

Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January.

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