Animals

Hermann Farm is home to different breeds of chickens including Barred Plymouth Rock chickens or "Barred Rocks," as they are often called, and Wyandottes. Both breeds are some of the most popular, dual-purpose chickens on a small farm.  Barred Rocks were developed in New England in the early 1800s by crossing the American Dominique and the Black Java.  It is a chicken used for both its meat and brown eggs which they lay prolifically year long. As their name suggests, Barred Rocks have a black and white pattern that is stripe-like in appearance.  Plymouth Rocks are cold-hardy as well, reducing egg laying in the winter but still producing.  This friendly breed of chickens is also known for its strong brooding instinct, making for excellent mothers in early spring. 

The Wyandotte is an American breed of chicken developed in the 1870’s and is a dual-purpose breed, kept for its brown eggs and its yellow-skinned meat. It is a popular show bird, particularly in Germany.

Please keep in mind that our animals help us recreate a typical Missouri farm of the 1850s. The farm staff and equine specialists supply the animals with balanced rations on a regular schedule, and for this reason, we ask that visitors do not attempt to feed the horses or mules. Additionally, for the health of our livestock and for your own safety, please refrain from grabbing the animals or giving a friendly slap on the flanks. Please keep a distance from the Shire hooves. Being stepped on--- even though not intentional by our Gentle Giants----can be very painful.

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Shires

The English Shire was spoken of in Medieval times as the Great Horse or the War Horse, whose strength, courage and gentle behavior during calamity reflected the Roman's first sighting of these majestic beasts. King Henry VIII is attributed with adding to the breed's unique reputation by restricting breeding only for equines at 15 hands or higher. Their name, Shire, was created out of the localities in England where these Gentle Giants were originally bred, areas including Lincolnshire and Cambridge-shire. With their size and docility, these resilient horses were often relied on by army forces to pull heavy equipment into war torn topography where conventional mechanical means were ineffective. Shires are also credited with greatly advancng agriculture and commerce in both England and the U.S, although with the widespread use of gas powered farming equipment, the breed approached extinction. Designated a threatened species by the Livestock Conservancy, Shires are once again seeing a revival in their breed as riding, driving and farming horses. Hermann Farm has become a champion of the Shire and is actively participating in a breeding program to continue the advancement of these Gentle Giants

Mules

Pat and Jane are Hermann Farm’s beautiful Missouri mules. Over the years hundreds of mules and horses have been raised on the farm, but Pat and Jane have been the best broke and best behaved team of any. They are a perfectly matched pair, beloved by the Hermann community and regulars in parades and celebrations for many years.

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This portrait by Kim Carr hangs in the State Capital in Jefferson City Mo.

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