Children's Farmyard

COVID-19 Update:

Our Walking Trails are open. You may order Farm products and prepared foods for curbside pickup at our Farm Store. The Inn & Restaurant and Coach Barn are closed to the public this season.  All on-site educational programming, including tours and the Children’s Farmyard are suspended until further notice. More details at: COVID-19 homepage.

The Children’s Farmyard is not offering on-site educational programming in 2020, but there are still ways to check in with your favorite farm animals.

  • For some virtual activities and animal visits, be sure to visit our “For You or Your Family” blogs.
  • A stroll through the farm on our walking trails might take you by some familiar friendly faces or you may make some new friends!  Here are some of the animals that you may see from the trails:

Tess and Georgia
Tess and Georgia are not your average horses. These girls are draft horses and are strong enough to do some of the work that heavy machinery can do. Our girls are retired and get medicine daily to help them to have nice, calm, peaceful days.

Goats - Alpine and Nubian 
Our adult dairy goats are enjoying these quieter days eating and relaxing in their pasture. Yaya, Honeybee and Magpie are Nubian goats, notice their longer ears. Zola and Raisin are our alpine goats. They have smaller ears. 

Sheep and Penelope
Penelope the donkey spends her time with our sheep OB, Rhubarb, Turbo, and Bebe. They are usually grazing round the Farm Barn. This group of five is very loud around feeding time and you may hear them “asking” the farmers for their food.

Dairy Cows
We milk a herd of Brown Swiss dairy cows twice a day, and make cheddar cheese from the milk. From our trails, you may see them grazing in the fields or in the dairy barns. Please do not enter the dairy area as it is closed to visitors at this time.

Heifers (future dairy cows)
These yearling cows (and future milk makers) rotate around the farm to keep our pastures healthy and nutritious. They are always on the move so you never know where they will pop up next. Keep an eye out for them from our trails.

Beef cows 
Did you know that Shelburne Farms also raises cows for beef? These red angus and brown swiss crosses are usually darker than the brown swiss cows. See if you can spot any in the pastures on the farm.

We have 2 flocks of sheep that provide us with wool and meat.  Just like our cows they are always on the move so you never know where they will pop up next. Keep an eye out for them from our trails.