Dasher, Dancer, Comet, Vixen, Cupid & Prancer
Dasher, Comet and Vixen were all born in Spring 2010. Dancer was born in Spring 2011 and Cupid was born in Spring 2013. Dasher, Comet and Cupid are castrated bulls, Vixen and Dancer are cows.
Dasher and Comet came to live on our farm when they were 8 months old and have now lived with us ever since. Over the years all of our reindeer have been handled and trained with love and patience, this is reflected in their calm, relaxed and inquisitive temperaments when they meet the public either at home or when we take them out to special events during Christmas. All of the reindeer live in a lovely paddock at the bottom of our garden. The cheeky five are favourites with all of the family and are hand fed daily by my sons!
Our reindeer were bred in Finland by the indigenous Sami’s until they came to live with us here in Steeple Claydon. They are currently in training for Father Christmas’ British leg of his famous trip around the world on Christmas Eve.
They are registered with DEFRA and have their very own identity numbers and ear tags. They and are treated like royalty and cared for in the best possible way. We even import Lichen directly from Finland to ensure that we provide them with the most natural diet that we can.
All reindeer should have bright eyes, well cared for feet and a shiny coat. At home and at events, they should be relaxed enough to lie down, eat and drink.
The reindeer adapt extremely well to the UK climate; although able to withstand the extremes of temperature in the Arctic Circle, they moult their winter coat in the spring and have a much finer summer coat. They are used to similar Summer’s to ours with temperatures reaching approximately 28°C . Our reindeer have 24 hour access to grazing and shelter, allowing them to keep out of direct heat, flies and rain when necessary.
Should you have any questions about our reindeer please feel free to ask us and we will do our best to answer them for you.
Our reindeer are available to hire, however because we take their welfare extremely seriously and they are our family pets, much loved by everyone, bookings are limited. Please contact us early to avoid disappointment.