Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is eager to welcome visitors for its 40th season when it opens at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 2.
As they have for decades, children and families will be able to experience and learn about life on a Kansas farm in the early 1900s. Many animals, including cows, sheep, chickens, ponies, and horses will greet visitors on opening day.
Unfortunately, one of our most popular interactive features at the Farmstead, baby goat bottle feeding, will not be open to visitors.
Some of the baby goats in the herd have contracted a virus called ecthyma, or “sore mouth.” Sore mouth causes lesions around a mother goat’s udder and a baby goat’s mouth. It is treatable with ointments and if necessary, antibiotics for secondary infections. All animals at the Farmstead, including the goat herd, are under the care of a licensed veterinarian. We are confident the goats will be feeling better soon.
Managing the health and safety of the Farmstead animals and visitors is the highest priority. Bottle feeding operations will resume once the virus has run its course and pending approval from the Farmstead veterinarian following another onsite examination.