Farmer starts up £50k side hustle in lockdown selling Zoom calls with her goats

Goat Zoom calls have made a farm £50,000 since the outbreak of the pandemic as animal lovers dial in for a one way chat.

Cronkshaw Fold Farm in Lancashire started putting its goats in front of the camera as a "bit of fun" but it soon became a key money spinner as its hospitality business was halted.

For £5 people can book a video call with any of the farm's eleven goats including Mary who has a "limited attention span" and sassy Simone who will bring his "perfect pout" to the meeting.

Farm owner, Dot McCarthy has revealed they are still bombarded with bookings to have a goat added onto business conference calls, The Telegraph reports.

Ms McCarthy told Farming UK "This started as a joke. I came up with the idea, told my employee Emma and we agreed it was completely wacky and we should prioritise other money making ideas.

"I put it on the website that evening anyway along with Emma’s email address for bookings.

"When I woke up, I had loads of missed calls from Emma saying she’d been inundated with emails and couldn’t keep up with the demand for goat calls."

Each available goat comes with a description of what customers can expect from them over the call, for example anyone keen on witnessing some "passive aggressive bleating" should look no further than Lisa

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Elizabeth's description is slightly more dignified. It says: "Elizabeth, always keeping it classy. The mother of twin boys born in late May, Elizabeth is glowing with good health.

"She shares a pen with her evil twin, who will not be named as said evil twin jumped the farm boundary fence into the neighbouring kitchen gardens and devoured all the cauliflowers.

"Elizabeth is the good twin, who will curiously look on while listening intently to you."

Dot revealed the experiment has proven very profitable with customers coming from a variety of backgrounds, she said: “We’ve had everyone from the European management team of Facebook, to NHS staff in need of a cheer up, to virtual church services – the vicars always seem to choose Mary the goat and I am pleased to say we have made over 50k so far.”

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