Welcome to Cranky's FARM!

Cranky's FARM is a registered charity dedicated to caring for unwanted, neglected or abused farm animals. Cranky's FARM has been operating since 2010 and we need your help to continue our work and to grow. Cranky's FARM is open to the public so please come and visit the animals you help to support.
If you would like to sponsor one of the Cranky's FARM residents please visit the animals page, read the animal's bio and then click the "Sponsor Me" button. Sponsorship is the best way to help us continue to rescue and care for animals.





The chickens, donkeys and goats have arrived at the new sanctuary at Mount Mee.

Unfortunately, the cows are delayed until mid-November due to having to be vaccinated for tick fever before being allowed to travel.

We are really disappointed that we have to wait another month until we can have the cows with us but it is what's best for them.


For a long while now it has been obvious to the founders and board members of Cranky's FARM that their current property is not sustainable into the future.

After much consideration and searching we have decided to move the sanctuary to the beautiful suburb of Mount Mee.


The property features 60 amazing, semi-treed acres, a large spring fed dam, cattle yards, separate paddocks and stables.

On site is a 100 year old federation style farm residence.

Mount Mee has a wonderful high long-term average rainfall and is located only 1 hour north of the Brisbane CBD and the Sunshine Coast.

The move and upgrade of the property will take place over three phases spread out over the next twenty-four months.

Phase 1:

During October we will be:

  • Upgrading fencing
  • Building a pig habitat
  • Relocating the residents

This will be a major undertaking and will incur significant cost.

We will be holding some working bees and will need people to help with the transportation of the residents.

Phase benefits:

Relocating the residents to Mount Mee will provide them with a more natural diet and will allow them to experience natural grazing and foraging which is something they have not been able to do for many years.

The sanctuary will be more accessible to visitors being only 1 hour from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and we will, hopefully, be able to accept visitors much more regularly.

With the addition of a homestead on site Cranky's FARM will now be manned 24/7.  This will have a major impact on the types of residents we will be able to accept as previously we have been unable to take in residents who need full-time care.  We look forward now to being able to take in infants, birds and those who require just a little bit of extra attention.

Phase 2:

More information coming soon.

Phase benefits:

This phase should see us able to offer a more interactive experience for those wishing to visit the sanctuary and enable us to educate more people about the lives and treatment of farmed animals.

Phase 3:

More information coming soon.

Phase benefits:

We are hoping this phase will bring more non-vegan visitors to the sanctuary, enabling us to reach and educate a wider range of people.



Upon arriving at Cranky's FARM on the 1st of August we noticed that Sarah was hanging back away from the herd.  After a brief investigation is was clear why, she had safely delivered a baby boy.

We have called him Neville after the wonderfully helpful family who own and run our local produce.

Neville and his mum are doing very well.

Sarah is a wonderful mum and her and Neville are beautifully bonded.


Neville has also become firm friends with Little J who he looks up to and follows like a big brother.



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What you can expect in the newsletter:

  • The latest Cranky's FARM news
  • Details of upcoming Cranky's FARM events
  • Read about the featured Cranky's FARM resident in the Resident Spotlight section
  • Details of out latest fund raising campaign
  • Information about how you can further support Cranky's FARM


Where to find a Cranky's FARM stall

Due to COVID-19 we will not be attending any public events until further notice!

If you are interested in finding out more about Cranky's FARM, making a donation in person, purchasing some of our unique merchandise or just want to meet some Cranky's FARM team members you can find us at the following awesome upcoming vegan events:

  • Brisbane Vegan Markets - West End - Cnr Boundary Rd and Russell St - 9am - 3pm on the 2nd Sunday of every month.




18 October 2020

We received a message that four goats were abandoned on a property and,  unfortunately, were making a nuisance of themselves according to the neighbours.  There were two adult, entire males a nanny and a kid.  They are all very shy of people.

We were able to pick the nanny and her 3-4 month old son up and bring them to Cranky's.  The other two males we are still trying to organise a home or foster carer for.

Meet Coco (mum) and Pops (bub).

These two are very tiny and very scared of people.  They are currently in their own enclosure beside our resident goats where they can settle in and await the visit from the vet scheduled for Wednesday, 28/10/2020.  They will be vaccinated, wormed and little Pops will be castrated.  It will be a very stressful event for these two little angels (and us)!  We are giving them lost of yummy food and sitting in with them while they eat so they associate us with only good things.  We hope they will learn to trust us and quickly become part of the  Cranky family.











October 2020

This month saw us make the big move to Mount Mee and take in our first ever Cranky chickens; Chewy, Lizzy and Dora!  It didn't take us long to fall in love with these three.  Chewy is a hen who has transitioned to a rooster and Dora and Lizzy were found hanging out on the very busy  South Pine Road!  Dora and Lizzy are best friends but they have quickly welcomed Chewy into their little flock.











20 April 2020

We are so happy to announce that the following three sweethearts have been saved from the cattle sales and will be coming to live at Cranky's FARM within the next two weeks:

Fiona - We are very excited to welcome Fiona as she is the biological sister of our beloved current resident, Bradley

Jimmy - Born at the same feed lot as Bruno and Stuart, we are so much looking forward to meeting and caring for Jimmy.

Justin - Justin was a last minute rescue, with his place at Cranky's secured literally minutes before he was due to get on the truck!

10 April 2020

Sonny arrived at Cranky's on Friday, 10 April 2020.

He is a 4 year old, de-sexed male pig.  Sonny was bred and sold as a miniature by a breeder on the Sunshine Coast.  Unfortunately, he hasn't stayed as small as advertised and constantly escapes his enclosure putting both himself and some of his human family in danger.

We were asked to take Sonny or he faced being euthanised so we agreed.

Sonny, so far, seems to be loving his new home.  He has explored, played, wallowed and slept.  He met all the other Cranky residents on Saturday afternoon and did so with confidence and good manners.  He wasn't scared of anyone, on the contrary, he seems to want to be friends with everyone!

3 April 2020

Obie and Nero, arrived safety at their new forever home, Head Over Hooves Farm Haven on Thursday, 2 April 2020.  These two dairy steers were rescued directly from a dairy at only days old and were cared for until they were around 14 months old.  Unfortunately, they could not stay where they were due to the ill health of their carer and faced being sent to slaughter.  Thankfully, they are now safe.

1 March 2020

Roger, the 2 year old Saddleback pig was successfully delivered to his new forever home on Sunday, 1 March 2020.

Roger went from living in a small enclosure with no grass or shelter to a large paddock type enclosure with grass everywhere, a house built just for him, toys, a sandpit and people who love him.




You can now sponsor your very own Cranky's FARM resident!

Sponsoring an animal is the very best way you can help support our sanctuary.

Regular monthly donations help us to budget for present and future events.

Knowing how much we have coming in each month gives us the confidence to be able to save more lives.

One off donations are great but sponsorship is totally awesome!

Thanks to our amazing supporters all the residents at Cranky's have at least one sponsor.

If you can spare even $5.00 a month please consider sponsoring a Cranky's FARM resident.

As well as being great for the animals sponsorship also has some added bonuses for the sponsors.

When you sponsor a Cranky's FARM resident you will receive:

  • A sponsorship certificate;
  • Exclusive access to photos of your sponsored animal that only other sponsors get to see;
  • Our heart-felt appreciation; and
  • Free access to visit your sponsored animal at Cranky's FARM

Sponsors who are able to give $50.00 or more per month also receive:

  • A unique canvas of their sponsored animal;
  • A secret Christmas present from the sponsored animal; and
  • Two free overnight stays per year at Cranky's FARM in our cabin style accommodation

If you would like to sponsor a Cranky's FARM resident just go to the animals page, click on the animal you want to sponsor and then click on the "Sponsor Me" button at the bottom of their bio.


"He would change our lives forever"

Cranky arrived at our property with two other dairy steers in February 2010. They had spent the first three months of their lives as part of a mobile petting zoo. Unfortunately, what people don’t realise, just like we didn’t, the lives of the cute baby animals they pat and cuddle at petting zoos are typically short lived.



My name is  Coco and I'm mum to Pops. 🙂 I was abandoned on a property and was threatened with being shot because I was annoying the neighbours. Thankfully, even though leaving my home was a bit scary, I am now safe at Cranky's FARM with my baby, Pops. We...


My name is Pops and I was born in June or July 2020. I lived on a property with my mum, my dad and my brother, apparently, we had been abandoned there. People said we were annoying, eating the fruit tress and digging in the grass.  They said if we...


My name is Lizzy and I'm best friends with Dora. We were found together on a really busy main road.  Thankfully, a young boy picked us up and kept us safe until we could be rehomed to Cranky's FARM. I am really glad that I now get to live the...


My name is Dora.  I got that name because, apparently, I'm really inquisitive and like to explore. I am a bit shy with people but I very quickly learning to trust. I was previously living with my best friend, Lizzy, in the back yard of a  kind young boy who...


My name is Chewy and I am approximately 4 years old (in 2020). I was born a hen but I have since transitioned into a rooster.  I crow, I strut and have grown a wonderful comb and wattle and strong thick legs and spurs.  I can do everything any other...


I am Justin. I was born in November 2019 at a feedlot. I was quick sickly and as a consequence, I am pretty small. At only 5 months old I was going to be put on a truck and sent to the cattle sales. I would have been very scared...
Chloe and Push


2018-2019 RESCUES

25 October 2019 – Freckles and Bill Freckles arrived with his friend, Bill (below) on Friday 25 October 2019.  Together they spent 24 hours in our holding pen being sniffed…


CRANKY’S FARM IS MOVING!!! For a long while now it has been obvious to the founders and board members of Cranky’s FARM that their current property is not sustainable into…


Roger the 2 year old Saddleback arrived at his new home on Sunday, the 1st of March. He went from a small enclosure with no grass or shelter to a…

2018/2019 Financial Statement and Annual Report

Below is the link to our 2018/2019 Financial Statement. Cranky’s FARM 18/19 Financial Report Below is the link to our 2018/2019 Annual Report. Cranky’s FARM 18/19 Annual Report  


Solo, rescued only a few months ago from filthy, cramped conditions is loving life. He is playful and very talkative and we think he just loves this ball.


Why Jack, you have many others things to take and tear up, why my good hat? Donkey’s are quite hilarious; mischievous, clever, stubborn and very affectionate.

The gorgeous Gaby in her new home

Gaby is one of our successfully rehomed animals. She had lived her whole life at a property near Toowoomba where her person loved her very much. Unfortunately, due to drought…

Can you help us save Max and Slim

**URGENT SPECIAL NEEDS HORSE RESCUE** SPONSORS DESPERATELY NEEDED Time is quickly running out for Max and Slim. These two beautiful boys are facing imminent euthanasia, POSSIBLY AS SOON AS THIS…

How much hay did the Cranky residents eat this week!??!

The answer is 2.2 tons!!! This week we bought the residents 3 large square bales of oaten hay at a cost of $380 each ($1,140). These bales each weigh approximately…

Brisbane South Side Rescue

Potentially over 150 farm animals will need a new forever home in late November We were recently approached about a property on the south side of Brisbane where over 150…


We at Cranky's FARM want to help more animals. We can only do that with your support. 100% of all donations go towards the rescue and care of the animals at Cranky's FARM. Cranky's FARM is open to the public by appointment, please contact us if you wish to visit.