The days are getting longer and spring has almost sprung so why not dust off the families’ walking shoes during February half-term and head to Rhug Estate to go on a Farm Walk. You can even bring the dog – but don’t forget its lead!

The Rhug has a designated farm walk around the Estate which gives visitors an insight into the Estate’s farm life. Rhug is a working farm so the animals you see vary each time you visit but during half term visitors should be able to see the herd of Bison, the highland cattle and the chickens on the farm as well as the wildlife in the area.

Graham Webster, General Manager of the Rhug Farm Shop and Bistro said, “Being the owner of three dogs myself I certainly wouldn’t want dogs to miss out on a visit to Rhug. They are very welcome, but they must be on a lead at all times. They are allowed into the Bistro as there are dog friendly tables and there are drinking stations around the estate and outside the shop. We have also started selling our own organic dog food ‘Truffles’. The idea originated from creating a healthy organic product for Lord Newborough’s Labrador, uncoincidentally called Truffles, to enjoy.”

The meat for ‘Truffles’ dog food comes from Rhug farm. Other ingredients include: organic chicken, organic fruit and vegetables, salmon oil and camomile tea. The dog food is available in 500g packs for £2.50 from the Farm Shop.

Rhug Farm Manager, Gareth Jones, offers some advice to those walking around farm animals with their dogs. Gareth says, “When out walking in the countryside it is important to remember that it is a working environment where animals graze. Walkers should be mindful of their surroundings to fully enjoy the experience.”

Gareth continued, “Walkers should be vigilant, especially on entering a field or where you cannot see the whole field, and try to stay away from animals and to be aware of their movements. In the spring it’s especially important to be sympathetic to farm animals rearing their young and give them space.”

Dos and don’ts for walking amongst livestock from the Ramblers Association:

Do

  • Try to avoid getting between cows and their calves.
  • Be prepared for cattle to react to your presence, especially if you have a dog with you.
  • Move quickly and quietly, and if possible walk around the herd.
  • Keep your dog close and under effective control on a lead around cows and sheep.

Don’t

  • Don’t hang onto your dog. If you are threatened by cattle - let it go as to allow the dog to run to safety.
  • Don’t put yourself at risk. Find another way round the cattle and re-join the footpath as soon as possible.
  • Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow just walk on quietly.

The Rhug’s Farm Walk is free for all to enjoy, just pick up a map from the Farm Shop or the Bistro before you start off. During February half term the Shop and Bistro are open between 8am and 5pm daily.