Oaklands-reared Bull embarks on new life at Jimmy’s Farm

Oaklands college staff at the campuses St Albans Farm said their fond farewells to one of their hand-reared, native rare British White Bull "Bernie".


IPSWICH — Staff at the working farm based at the St Albans Campus said their fond farewells to one of their hand-reared, native rare British White Bull “Bernie” this week.

Bernie was birthed by the farm team and students at Oaklands College in July 2020, when the farm welcomed a heifer (female) calf alongside bull calf Bernie.

Farm Resource Manager Colin Elcombe said:

“Both of the calves are very well marked and represent the breed well. The heifer (female) calf will be staying at the college to increase the herd but as Bernie has been growing so quickly, the farm team took the decision to advertise him for sale through the British White Society.

A short time ago, Jimmy’s Farm got in contact to enquire about Bernie as they have a small growing herd of British Whites and are in need of a good young bull. The college were happy to help and Bernie was collected by Jimmy’s Farm on Tuesday 23 February.

He travelled well and is settling into his new surroundings. As part of the exchange we will be working further with Jimmy’s Farm and collecting a heifer calf in return in the not too distant future.”

Situated in the heart of Suffolk, Bernie will enjoy life at Jimmy’s Farm, which was aired on British television from 2004 to 2006, as part of BBC Productions. Jimmy Doherty, who set up the Essex Pig Company, has seen his venture expand into a full working farm, resulting in follow-up series “Back on Jimmy’s Farm and “Return to Jimmy’s Farm”.

Bernie will join a plethora of animals and rare breeds of wildlife up at the farm, which has now expanded, creating it’s own bespoke Wildlife Park, operating as a licensed wedding venue and much more.

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