- Category: About Us
- Published on Monday, 26 March 2012 00:10
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Johnson's Highland View Farm is home to many farm animals, including a bull, horse, sheep, ducks, goats, cows, a llama named Mooney and many more. When you come visit the farm, be sure to stop by and say "hello"!
Mooney the Llama
Moony was named for the black shaped moon on his face. He is a very friendly llama and loves to greet people as they visit the farm. Mooney's purpose on the farm is to protect and guard the other animals from neighborhood dogs and coyotes. The farmer has three choices when selecting a guard animal for sheep and other farm animals: a dog, a donkey, or a llama. We chose a llama because they require the same care as sheep and goats, and they are very clean.
Billy the Bull
Shhh, he's really a steer, but we don't tell him that.) Bill is a Brown Swiss, the largest of the dairy breeds. It takes four years for a Brown Swiss to mature. Bill was born in February of 1995, making him 17 years old. Bill weighs approximately 2,000 pounds. He was headed to the slaughterhouse when Farmer Johnson intervened and brought him home to Johnson's Highland View Farm. Back then, he was a little guy, just about the size of a Great Dane. His purpose here on the farm is to make people smile.
The Sheep - Lazarus, Pocahontas, Sarah
The farm is home to a few sheep, including Lazarus. Lazarus was born on a very cold day in January of 1996, but he hadn't earned his name just yet. He was born the runt in a set of twins. Because of the chilling temperatures, we put doggy sweaters on all the newborn lambs. On the third day of his life, the outside temperatures dropped to 20 degrees below zero. During the morning chores, Farmer Johnson found the baby lamb frozen stiff…so stiff that his legs wouldn't bend to remove the doggy sweater. Although the lamb appeared dead, Farmer Johnson hurried the lamb inside to give him a nice warm bath in the kitchen sink. When that didn't help, he gave the lamb a shot of dextrose and put a feeding tube into his belly. Although Farmer Johnson was a nervous and desperate shepherd, never having done this before, he refused to give up on the lamb. He wrapped the lamb in a thermal blanket, placed him on a heating pad, and prayed for the best to happen. After two hours, we peeked under the blanket, and the lamb sprung to life! He got right up and went 'clip-pity clop-pity' across the kitchen floor. He froze and rose again on the third day! That's when he earned his name, Lazarus.
Ping and Lucky the Duck
Like most farms, Johnson's Highland View Farm has plenty of ducks and chickens. When ducks are born, they "imprint" on whoever is present - usually their mother. Imprinting forms an attachment between the mother and the baby ducks, so that the baby ducks know to follow their mother around the farm. However, baby ducks occasionally imprint on Farmer Johnson, or even Rocky. That's why you may see baby ducks following Farmer Johnson around or swimming in Rocky's water bowl!
Ed the Horse
Ed is the newest addition to the farm. His real name is New Edition, but we call him Ed for short. He was born in April of 2001 and came to live on the farm in July. When he gets bigger, Ed will be able to help Farmer Johnson in the fields. Ed is very friendly; if you hear a whinny from the back of the field, that's Ed saying hello.
The Goats - Buddy and Fanny
Buddy and Fanny are goats. Fanny was one of the first residents on the farm - another animal that Farmer Johnson saved from the slaughterhouse. Buddy, the male goat, keeps all of the other animals in line. Buddy competes with Mooney the Llama for the position of "king of the hill".
What's a farm without a dog? On opening day of the farm stand, a three-month-old puppy without a name found his way into our hearts...and stayed at the farm ever since.
Amy and Surprise
Amy the Cow used to be the only cow on the farm. And then in spring of 2001, she had a baby calf! The baby came as a surprise to everyone (except Amy the Cow), so we named her "Surprise". She loves her mother Amy very much, and so you can usually find her right at her mom's side.