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Very Sad News From The National Trust

The National Trust’s MyFarm team at Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire have
been eagerly awaiting the foaling of Queenie, the only Shire Horse mare at
Wimpole for weeks now.

As over 800 people or groups of people saw, Queenie went into her much
anticipated labour. At 11.45pm she gave birth to a beautiful filly foal.
Although she had a perceptible heartbeat when she was born she was not
breathing. Emma, horse manager at Wimpole Farm, tried hard and long to get
her to breathe with the help of farmer manager Richard Morris. A vet was on
the phone throughout, talking the team through the procedures. None of our
efforts could save her and she peacefully slipped away a few minutes after
her birth.

Richard said: “As you can imagine, we are all devastated by this awful and
unexpected outcome. Although watchers of the foaling on the webcam saw the
true, grim realities of animal husbandry this in no way belittles the
personal sense of tragedy and loss we are all feeling. This bitter
disappointment is tempered only with the fact that the filly foal did not
suffer at all.”

As part of the National Trust’s MyFarm experiment, the birth was broadcast
live over the internet. The project, which started in May, aims to
reconnect people with the realities of life on a working, commercial farm
allowing them to effectively become a farmer. The MyFarm Farmers can discuss
and make decisions on every aspect of the farm: the crops grown, livestock,
the new facilities to be invested in and the machinery to be used, much like
a real life version of Farmville, the popular Facebook game.

As one MyFarm farmer commenting on the website just after the birth said:
“I’m so sorry everyone. That was awful to watch, but I guess this is the
reality of farm life sometimes. I felt so helpless watching the efforts to
save her.”

Richard continued: “It was a huge decision for us to do a live broadcast of
the birth. There was never a guarantee that the foaling would be straight
forward and unfortunately, this proved to be the case. But we didn’t want
to hide people from the risks involved – it’s fundamental to the purpose of
this project – to reconnect people with the realities of farming to allow
the possibility of lows as well as highs.”

In the morning, Queenie was doing well. She was turned out into her paddock
to get some fresh air and Emma is speaking to the vet to find out the best
way of stopping the milk production.


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