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Venture Success at Kirkcolm
LAMBS on a "virtual farm" at Kirkcolm are proving
a real hit with countryside lovers worldwide in the run-up
farmer Robert Parker, who launched the pioneering "adoptafarm"
website from his Kirkcolm farm back in March, says customers
are flocking to the website to adopt furry "stocking-fillers"
Free Press reported in March how the 40-year-old had
set-up the website in conjunction with his friend Kenny Middleton
a website designer from Livingston.
pay as little as £10 to adopt their lamb and via monthly
updates on the web they get to see pictures of its development
and updates on its health. Customers can also log on at any
time and feed and play with their lamb.
whose Drumdow Farm is home to 500 ewes of the real variety,
told the Free Press this week:
have been surprised by the number of people who are wanting
to adopt a lamb for their friends or loved ones as a Christmas
stocking-filler. But I suppose it makes a nice little gift."
its launch, adoptafarm has reached a stage where it is recording
23,000 hits a month. Robert said:
website has been fairly successful and we now have over
600 members, most of whom seem to be teenagers.
takes about an hour of my working day to keep the site up
to date, but I think this is going to be good in the long
run, websites take time and this will keep expanding I hope.
site gives people an idea of how a farm works. Even in rural
areas such as Galloway there are a lot of people who do
not have a clue about how a farm operates".
it is not just locals who are cramming the website. Robert
is catering virtual lambs for customers from half way around
have members from Australia, four from Manhattan and many
throughout Europe and even in the Middle East.
have received E-mails in Arabic. But I have not got a clue
what they are asking for!" he laughed.