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Lambing and calving at Cornwall Park during winter

Although an exciting time, it is during the first few weeks of their lives that our calves and lambs are especially vulnerable. To protect them and give them the best chance of survival, we implement restricted areas around the animals from 17 July to 10 September. Once the newborns are strong enough, they will be moved to more public areas.

What does this mean for you?
Some paddocks in the Eastern areas of the park will be out-of-bounds for dogs during this time - please keep clear of these areas and keep your distance from all animals. There is increased signage in the park during lambing and calving so please take note of any signs as you enter a paddock. Remember that we have many entrances so if you have a dog and cannot enter through your usual entrance there will be another entrance not too far away for you to use during this time. The best viewing area for the public is the Belvedere Steps, just south of the café.

For more information on lambing and calving as well as a detail map see here.

Our cows

Our cows are Simmental cattle, a Swiss breed. They are docile but very protective of their calves and known for their sturdy nature, excellent beef and ability to cope with changes in climate. Our cattle are either sold to be breeders or for meat, while some stay with us to replace our mother cows – we pick the cream of the crop in terms of looks, temperament, fertility and mothering ability, and year on year they help us to improve our herd. We have worked hard to breed top-quality cows with good mothering ability and a quiet temperament. As a result, they are in high demand from other farms.

Our white sheep

Our white sheep are all Perendale and Texel cross ewes. Perendale are known for their fine wool, and Texel for their hardiness. Our ewes call Cornwall Park home for about five to six years, before being sold.

Our black sheep

Keep an eye out for our black sheep too! This breed is Gotland Pelt, which originated in Sweden.

Our farmers

Our farm is successful thanks to the hard work and passion of our farmers Peter and Brenton who have been part of the Cornwall Park family for over 10 years. They work 365 days a year to keep the livestock safe. Be sure to give them a wave as you pass by!

Lambing and calving

Lambing starts at the beginning of August and goes through till mid-September, while calving is mid-July to mid-August. During this time we restrict access to the areas of the park where the newborns are being cared for by their mothers. It is during the first few weeks of their lives that these animals are especially vulnerable. Once the newborns are strong enough, they will be moved to more public areas.

Please take care around our animals

We are a working farm and it can be dangerous to get too close to our animals. Please do not try to touch or feed them. New lambs are particularly vulnerable to people and dogs — sudden noises, human touch, dogs sniffing around can result in the lamb going into shock and dying. The mother sheep are also after an instant bond after the birth, and, if interrupted such as through people or dogs, she may just walk away, abandoning the lamb. Mother cows have strong maternal instincts and can be aggressive — they will protect their young from perceived threats such as humans and dogs.


We shear twice a year, once in May and once in December. May is just before winter so they have time to grow a little back before it gets too cold, but they eat more when they are cold so this is good for the unborn lambs. A full wool coat over winter would also mean that their core temperature may drop and they could get sick. December is so that they don’t have a full coat in the heat of summer. Shearing is not open for public viewing as our woolshed is quite small. Keep an eye on our What's On section for our behind-the-scenes farm tours.