Our favourite Highland coo, Dylan, turned two years old on March 6! Dylan (name meaning: born from the ocean) is our live representative of the KES Highlander identity, and he lives just thirty minutes down the road at Hidden Meadow Farm in Cambridge.
Last week we had a dress-down day to celebrate the occasion, and the Chartwells team made delicious highlander cupcakes for the “big” day!
The Grade 6 class had the opportunity to visit Hidden Meadow Farm, meet owners Stacy and Cory Corkum, and see Dylan and his family. In addition to seeing Highland cattle of various ages and sizes (and one that was about to give birth!), students also visited with Lincoln Longwool sheep. This a rare breed of sheep that originated in England. There are only 40 Lincoln Longwool sheep registered in Canada and 1500 total in the world. The farm is working with the Canadian government to conserve rare species, and they are involved in some incredible genetic projects in collaboration with Dalhousie University.
It is always lovely to visit Dylan in person. We just touched the surface of what there is to learn at this farm and from Stacy and Cory! It is hoped that in the years to come, KES students will become more involved with the science behind this operation and learn more about the importance of protecting genetic diversity.