Jimmy's Farm 'overjoyed' as two rare Suffolk Punches set to give birth

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The critically-endangered Suffolk Punch is to receive a much-welcome boost to its numbers - after two of the rare breed fell pregnant at the same time.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

The Suffolk Punch is listed as a critically-endangered breed - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

In recent years, the Suffolk Punch has been on the critical section of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watchlist - meaning that there are less than 300 breeding mares in the country.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Annie and Annabelle are both in foal - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Each year, around 50 births are needed to improve the fortunes of the breed.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

The rare Suffolk Punch at Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

And it is now set to receive a boost after Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park, in Ipswich, announced that it was "delighted" to have two Punches, Annie and Annabelle, in foal.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Annie and Annabelle sharing a moment at Jimmy's Farm and Wildlife Park near Ipswich - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

 

General manager Stevie Sheppard said: "They are a priority on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s 2021 watchlist, of which Jimmy Doherty is president.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

The news will be a welcome boost to the Suffolk Punch's numbers - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

"As we are based in Suffolk, to be breeding this rare and native Suffolk breed is definitely an honour and something the team and I have been working towards for a long time now.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

- Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

"All the team’s fingers are crossed for a successful pregnancy and we are overjoyed to be sharing this experience with the public and our visitors who are all invested in Annie and Annabelle’s journey.” 

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

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They are set to give birth in May 2022.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

The Suffolk Horse Society has spoken of its desire to save the Suffolk Punch breed.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Every new Suffolk Punch foal birth is vital, as the breed remains one of the country's rarest horses. 

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Earlier this year, Samford Prince Philip became one of the latest additions to the Samford Stud of Suffolk Punch - a tribute following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The colt foal was born on Saturday, April 17 at 9pm at the Suffolk Punch Trust, in Hollesley.

His birth was just six hours after the funeral of his royal namesake.

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May Picture: CHARLOT

Both Suffolk Punch horses at Jimmy's Farm are in foal and are due next year in May. - Credit: CHARLOTTE BOND


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