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PUBLISHED: 12:55 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:55 29 November 2013

The new cows at Chiltern Open Air Museum

The new cows at Chiltern Open Air Museum


The cattle will definitely be lowing at Chiltern Open Air Museum, as the carol goes, because Christmas has come early for Farm Manager Conway Rowland. The museum has welcomed two year old heifers (young female cows) from Collings Hanger Farm in Prestwood.

Both heifers are traditional Beef Short Horn crosses and the Museum has been working with local farmer, Virginia Deradour, to find a suitable traditional breed for the Buckinghamshire area for the Museum. The two heifers are now settling in the cattle shelter of Hill Farm Barn in the Victorian Farmyard. Site and Farm Manager Conway Rowland said: “We are delighted with our new arrivals. They help us to tell the story of our farm buildings and show visitors what a working traditional farm in Bucks would have been like in the past.

“Visitors can enter the competition this weekend at our Christmas event to help us name our new arrivals. Monies raised will go towards paying for their care over the coming months.”

Visitors are invited to see these lovely new arrivals over this weekend on 30 November and 1 December from 11–4 for the museum’s last event of the year: Chilterns Traditional Christmas. Father Christmas will be at the event in a special traditional Grotto (small additional charge) and there are lots of Christmas gift stalls, crafts and musical entertainment over the two days. But clearly the most popular attraction will be the new heifers stealing the show!

For further details and on line ticket booking for the Traditional Christmas event, visit the Museum web site on www.coam.org.uk.

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