A baby lamb named Cupcake is one of the many cute animals that can be fed and cuddled as part of new walking tours at Splitters Farm.
Owner Carly Clark said the “Meet the Animals” walking tour was designed to give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how a working farm operates.
She said one of the stars of the show, Cupcake, was one of 24 baby animals at the farm, with more to be born any day now.
“Right now we have four ducklings, 12 baby chicks, seven piglets and a baby lamb called Cupcake,” Carly said.
“She's being bottle fed because she was a twin and very underweight and unable to feed herself from mum.
“We are expecting more babies any day but that's what's so exciting about the farm tours.”
Carly said her family decided to start the farm tours to introduce locals and visitors to the farm way of life.
“We're a working cattle farm first and foremost, however we also get to introduce guests to over 200 beautiful rescue animals (and their babies) that we've taken in across the past few years,” she said.
“We hope that, through their stories, visitors come to realise how these animals have been displaced in the first place that they'll leave with a sense of kindness, purpose and a better understanding of, both the good and bad, aspects of farming and the daily struggle due to events such as drought and flood, etc.”
Tour participants love Splitters Farm
Carly said each tour was different with many visitors coming multiple times to experience something new and meet new babies.
“We are really overwhelmed with the local support but also the fact that locals are spreading the word on our behalf and we're receiving visitors now from all over the place,” she said.
“Last weekend we had people from Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and even the UK, many of which are coming to visit family and friends in the region.”
Carly said while there was lots of fun to be had on each one-hour tour, a favourite for guests were always the pigs and lambs.
“Everyone's favourite activity is either bottle feeding the baby lambs or getting in the pig pen,” she said.
“Pigs make so much noise and a lot of kids when they see them for the first time are taken aback by their sheer size.
“Once they get in and see how friendly they are, kids often tell us that the pigs are their favourite.”
Carly said the tours were viatl in assisting Splitters Farm with feeding the many animals it homes.
“All proceeds from our Meet the Animals tours go back into the produce costs to feed our animals and towards the vet costs to maintain their health and well-being,” she said.
“This has allowed us to keep all of the animals we've been entrusted with.
“We hope visitors benefit from the tours by feeling like they've contributed in someway to our cause but also that they've learnt something while being on-site.”
Farm takes on animal therapy role
Carly said in more farm news, Splitters Farm was in discussions with local disability organisations about work experience and animal therapy to the region.
“We've got a few schools coming out to combine their classroom lessons with practical teaching and we're also conducting private birthday parties for anyone wishing to hire our grounds and do a private tour with their friends,” she said.
“The activities you can do here are vast and universal and we're just so glad we've created this piece of paradise in Bundaberg and we're extremely thankful for the support we receive each and every day from the local community.”
The ‘Meet the Animals' walking tours are available on weekends with bookings essential.
The farm is located at 205 Blairs Rd, Sharon.