Animals have always been apart of the family here at Newsholme Manor.
It all started with a Boxer dog. My dad, Colin, has always kept Boxer dogs and he used to breed them. A month before I was born he had a litter that they had to hand rear, the little girl he kept, Sheba, I got to grow up with. The year after my brother, Thomas, was born Sheba had a litter of pups and we kept Tara. Tara was to be last puppy from the Newdene blood line but Boxer dogs have been and are still are a huge part of our family.
In the late 80's Colin introduced a small flock of sheep to the family. We started off with mules and moved on to Gridstones and Texals. In the 90's more animals arrived - cats, rabbits, guinea pigs. Little did I know at the time but this was to be the start of a huge adventure for me.
For nearly 10 years I offered a safe haven to unwanted and mistreated animals. Although primarily a guinea pig rescue if I could help any other animal in need I did. I was very fortunate to be able to offer a home to such a variety of animals and I loved every minute of it. Due to a change in my personal circumstances I could not dedicate as much time as I would have liked to the rescue and had to make the hard decision of shutting my doors.
Having the rescue, doing lots of different animal courses and qualifications opened my world up to a lot more of the different species and breeds of animals around. This was especially true of the rare breeds of animals. We are all very passionate about our rare breeds, especially our native rare breeds. Over the years we have had rare breeds of goats, pigs, ducks, chickens, sheep and ponies.
Currently we have a small flock of Whitefaced Woodland sheep that we breed, we still have a few Gridstone sheep as well, but our breeding flock are primarlily pedigree Whitefaced Woodlands.
We keep Dales ponies, and a Fell pony, along with a couple of other breeds of horses. Originally we planned to keep a small herd of Dales ponies and breed one or two a year but due to the current equine situation we decided on a different course. We have a beautiful herd, mainly geldings, and we can't wait to see how they mature and grow over the next few years.
We have a selection of animal feeds, both pet and farm, and a small selection of equestrain and small animal accessories available to order. Send a message or give us a call to discusss your requirements.