Georgia Farm Barnyard

Everyone young and old loves to visit a farm.  Luckily you don't have to travel far to take an outing with our barnyard friends. From our Holstein Cow to our unique and native Ossabaw Hogs, there are animals from every part of farm life to see.

Holstein Cow

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Bos taurus

RANGE

A breed of dairy cattle originating from the Dutch provinces of North Holland and Friesland, and Schleswig-Holstein in Northern Germany.

COOL ANIMAL FACT

Holstein cattle were initially brought to the U.S. in 1852 by a Massachusetts man named Winthrop Chenery.  Today there are more than nine million dairy cows in this country and about 90% of them are Holsteins.

 

Ossabaw Island Hog

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Sus scrofa domesticus

RANGE

A breed of pig derived from a population of feral pigs on Ossabaw Island, Georgia.  The original Ossabaw hogs are descended from swine released on the island in the 16th century by Spanish explorers.

COOL ANIMAL FACT

Ossabaw Island hogs had to adapt to the food cycle on Ossabaw, which provides little to eat during the spring season.  They developed a unique biochemical system of fat metabolism, enabling them to store a larger proportion of fat than any other hog.

During the lean summer months, Ossabaw hogs can have a devastating impact on the nests of the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle nests.  They also eat the eggs of snakes, freshwater turtles, diamondback terrapins, and ground-nesting birds, including several species of shorebirds.  In addition, they uproot many plants and seedling trees, impacting the island's vegetative profile and reforestation rate.​

These hogs have a naturally occurring form of low-grade, non-insulin-dependent diabetes, making them excellent medical research animals.

 

Shetland Sheep

Animal Facts

SCIENTIFIC NAME

Ovis aries

RANGE

A small, wool-producing breed of sheep originating in the Shetland Isles, Scotland but now kept in many other parts of the world

COOL ANIMAL FACT

Shetland Sheep are especially prized for their wool, which is fine, soft, and strong.  Fleeces average two to four pounds and vary in crimp from wavy to straight.

 

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