HOW IT ALL BEGAN
We started Kiwi Country Kids during lockdown in New Zealand, March 2020. Initially it was just a bit of daily fun with the kids, an excuse to get out on the farm, taking photos and videos and sharing them on our Facebook page. It has evolved and grown throughout the year and we hope that this is just the beginning of what it will become.
I am a UK-trained vet and grew up on our family farm in North Yorkshire, where we grew potatoes and racehorses. So working with the land and breeding animals is in the blood – my poor husband was doomed!
Animal welfare is a priority for me and I teach the kids to be respectful and compassionate towards all animals. We farm bull beef commercially but we also have a small flock of sheep, some 'house cows', a few breeding pigs (who are yet to produce any piglets) and our own chooks. We try to live as sustainably as possible and grow our own veggies and fruit also. The kids have a healthy respect for where their food comes from and we try not to waste anything. Even when its time for pest control, the wild goats and hare get turned into a curry or fed to our working dogs!
We take great pride in the way we live and how we care for our animals and we hope that we can entertain and perhaps educate people via our Facebook page and website. We welcome any questions that you might have and will try to be as transparent and helpful as possible. Feel free to get in touch with us!
You'll find fun videos of our activities on the farm and surrounding area, hunting wild deer and goats that eat our kale crops, articles and discussions around political framework that is good for or is harming our (and all farmers') livelihoods – and more! If you are offended by any of our content, please feel free to move on to the next blog. We are a kid-friendly, family-focused, happy-go-lucky (if a bit chaotic) type of page. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram!