A microbiologist has joined forces with an artist/writer/graphic designer to release what they deem “a fun and fascinating book all about Irish farm animals, with charming full-colour illustrations, throughout”.
Glyn Evans is a microbiologist passionate about animal welfare and environmental conservation who lives with his partner and two sons on a farm in the ‘Royal County’.
He explains that it is important to him that his sons grow up with animals around them and can learn about protecting nature.
With a desire to share their love of animals with other children and adults, the family opened their farm to the public for a period.
He explained: “Through providing animal therapy and educating visitors on the small things, we can all do to help our environment and hopefully reduce animal cruelty.”
“While the farm is no longer open to the public, I continue to reach out to children and adults and help them understand the importance of animals and the environment. You can find out more at more on our Facebook page, Trim Alpacas.
Meanwhile, Bex Sheridan is an artist, writer, graphic designer and animal enthusiast who often illustrates animals, from pet portraits to wildlife.
As a child, Sherdian dreamed of having a house filled with animals when she grew up – which is what she now has.
She and her husband Jay have their own mini-menagerie: it began with one rabbit, and now there are also dogs, birds (of many kinds), a lizard and even a hedgehog.
As a child, however, Bex thought farms were boring (yes, despite the love of animals). It was not until visiting Glyn’s farm that she discovered how farm animals are no different from the pets that she “knows and loves”.
They both invite readers of Irish Farm Animals – which the O’Brien Press Company LTD published in March 2020 – to “come on a fun family adventure to meet Ireland’s farm animals”.
A spokesperson for the publishing company told That’s Farming about Irish Farm Animals:
“From cows, sheep, donkeys, goats, and chickens to a whole range of more unusual animals, such as alpacas, rhea and rare-breed pigs, discover fascinating facts about everyday life on the farm.”
“This is a must for every animal lover or budding farmer. You can discover all about Irish farming and the farming seasons, Irish farm animals from the cow to the kunekune, mighty muckers: pigs, rare-breed pigs (wild boar, iron age pigs, kunekune), woolly ones: sheep, alpacas, and wool.”
“Others include hooved hecklers: horses, ponies, donkeys, transport, heathered friends: chickens, quail, waterfowl (ducks, geese), rhea, eggs, horned heroes: cows, goats, buffalo, dairy and happy helpers: dogs, cats, frogs & hedgehogs,” the spokesperson concluded.
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