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Invitation to meet the goats who live in Stone's own Teletubby hill

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

Antony Key with one of his goats

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A GOAT farm near Stone with an eyecatching roundhouse will be opening its gate to visitors next weekend.

The Key family began farming goats at Hollywood Cottage almost two years ago. They started out with 12 and the herd has mushroomed to more than 200, becoming one of just 16 commercial goat herds in the UK.

The animals, reared for meat, spend the winter in a roundhouse which has been compared to the home of children's TV's Teletubbies. But many will be out to grass when the Keys host their first Open Farm Sunday event on June.

The visit is invitation-only, as it is the Keys' first public event. Visitors will be able to view the roundhouse, which offers good ventilation and light to its residents, and see some of the younger goats at play, as well as enjoy a short woodland walk.

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Emily Key said: "We only started in July 2012 but we thought we would open up the farm now so people can see what we are about.

"People travelling along the road have been fascinated by the roundhouse. They say it looks like a Teletubby hill.

"We have had a very good response, even within Stone town, to our meat. We have managed to do a full sell-out this year and we are waiting for our stock to get up to weight.

Antony Key exhibited goat carcases at last year's English Winter Fair to highlight the opportunities on offer within the restaurant and ethnic foods sectors.

Within the local area the Keys have netted custom from a local butcher, The Mill restaurant in Stone town centre, which uses goat in its tapas menu, and the award-winning Restaurant Gilmore near Uttoxeter, Emily said.

Harper Adams University is also taking part in this year's Open Farm Sunday, 10am-4pm on June 8.

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