Meet our local residence of the O'Keefe Ranch. They have felt the effects of COVID-19. The goats are falling out of practice for yoga, the mama's are sad they can't show off their babies and all the animals agree, the Loneliest Interpreter needs to find some new friends to tell his stories to.
Our agile goats are ready and excited for their next Yoga class. Having started their training in early 2019, our Nigerian Dwarf goats are ready to get everyone outdoors and training.
Our infamous New Orleans welcomes guests of the ranch with open feathers. He is always keen on joining in on the conversation and enjoys watching the young ones decide if they should give him a hug... or just run.
Flapjack is a gentle soul. He enjoys showing off his stunning bow tie and posing for pictures during special events.
Razzle is a zebu, which is a species of a domestic cow. Although he is just as gentle as his best friend Flapjack, his horns can be a bit big for the smaller people - especially because he loves his scratches, therefore, his public appearances are more limited.
Horses are always a huge draw at the ranch. Where the horses are, the crowds are. The two "O'Keefe" horses which you will see giving sleigh rides, hay rides and coach rides, are Percherons and are actually owned by MAG Silver Star. Thanks to them, we have been able to keep horses available for use to the public.
We also have horses available for pony rides. Our pony rides horses are owned by our very own Clyde. These are his babies and he frequently coordinates with other horses such as those used for NOTRA, to ensure we are able to pull off horse events.
Penny and her sister Pearl are Juliana Pigs - a breed typically favoured for small companion animals. But don’t be fooled! You’ll hear a lot about mini, micro, or teacup pigs, which you can see this girl is none of those things.
O'Keefe Ranch has its own lineage of Jacob Sheep. This heritage breed was once endangered and thanks to efforts around the world, that is no longer the case. In 2016, the O'Keefe Ranch sent to Israel a few of the Jacob sheep to help repopulate.
The Shetland sheep is also a heritage breed. The O'Keefe Ranch had been breeding their registered sheep up to Spring 2020. Although we no longer breed the O'Keefe lineage, our retired shetland family are the sweetest you can imagine. You will often see them in parades and walking around during special events.
And lots of it! From peafowl to chickens and everything in between.