Animals at Cogges

Oxford Sandy & Black Pigs
Meet the real characters of Cogges - the animals that live on the farm. Pick up a pot of vegetables from reception and have fun feeding them!
'Meet the Animals' at 11am and 2pm every weekend and Bank Holiday.
Stroke the animals and talk to our volunteers about how to look after them.
About the animals
Animals have been vital to Cogges since its earliest days. The farm has long been associated with the wool trade, though Cogges has always adapted to the agrarian economics of the time. Over the centuries, many different animals have lived and been farmed at Cogges. The animals that are here now help to tell the stories of Cogges through the ages, and give an idea of some of the small scale farming that still takes place in the county and Cotswolds.
Animal team
Animal welfare is paramount to us, and with the help of a team of dedicated staff, volunteers, professional veterinary support and local farmers the animals enjoy high standards of living. 
The dedicated Cogges Animal Team of about 15 volunteers and work experience students is led by Kirsty, who has a Level 3 Diploma in Animal Management from Abingdon & Witney College. Further support comes from Cogges Veterinary Surgery, who offer advice and treatment for the small animals, and from Hook Norton Veterinary Surgery, who do the same for the farm animals.
All the animals are on a closely monitored feeding plan, with feed according to their size and age. This ensures they are kept in good condition and are happy. The pigs, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits can be fed vegetables by visitors to supplement their daily ration, although these may have to be limited on busy days. 


Pygmy Goats

Jonathan, Lewis and Timmy came to Cogges on loan in 2012. Thanks to donations from visitors, we were able to purchase them and ensure they stay here. 

Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs

Oxford Sandy & Blacks are a breed which was threatened until a few years ago. Fortunately, a resurgence of interest and a breeding programme have seen much healthier levels in recent years.

The Victorian sties offer an excellent home to our pigs; dry and safe, warm in winter and cool in summer. Pigs are susceptible to sunburn if over-exposed to the sun, but these North-facing sties offer good shade. They can add protection by coating themselves in mud, or by being showered down, which they love. Pigs are very playful, so we incorporate this into their housing and feeding – they particularly love interaction with the public. 
Chickens and ducks

Ex-battery rescue chickens come from the Hen Welfare Trust who rehome hens at the end of their commercial laying life.  They were a bit sorry for themselves when they first arrived, but their feathers soon returned and they began to strut their stuff!  In the farmyard and on the Dairy Lawn you’ll also see a number of rare breed chickens. You can buy hen and duck eggs in the Cogges shop.

Shetland Ponies

The ponies, Toffee and Treacle, are mother and foal. They need to graze after the sheep have taken down grass levels, as too rich a diet can be dangerous to them. For this reason please don’t give them extra vegetables. Toffee was rescued from a roadside in 2013 and Cogges provides a peaceful and safe setting for her and her foal, who was born in 2014.


Lleyn sheep originate from the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales. They graze the fields behind the walled garden. 

Rabbits and guinea pigs.

We have rabbits and guinea pigs at Cogges as they are a great introduction to understanding the basic principles of animal care. They need the same routines and attention to diet as all our other animals. A favourite at animal handling time every weekend at 11am and 2pm, you can find out more about how to care for them. 


Thank you for supporting the animals at Cogges:
Hook Norton Veterinary Surgery, Cogges Veterinary Surgery, Waitrose and all our volunteers.