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Spring sunshine attracts thousands to Lambing at Lackham
26 March 2019

Spring sunshine attracts thousands to Lambing at Lackham

It wasn’t just the lambs with a spring in their step as thousands of people flocked to Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Lackham campus for the first weekend of lambing.
 
The Spring sunshine and clear blue skies made for a fantastic weekend with more than 120 lambs arriving on Saturday and Sunday.
 
This year the College has around 800 ewes who were expecting almost 1,500 lambs and hundreds have already been born.
 
But don’t worry, there are still plenty still to come for next weekend.
 
Phil Steans is the farm manager at Lackham and has been involved with lambing since it started 25 years ago.
 
He said: “We had a fantastic first weekend at Lackham and it was great to see so many people coming to see the lambs.”
 
During lambing, agriculture students work around the clock preparing, looking after the ewes and ensuring the safe arrival of the lambs.
 
They also use headsets to talk to visitors about what is happening with the lambs and the work they are doing.
 
Lukasz Batkowski, aged 35, from Bristol, visited Lackham with his wife Ani.
 
He said: “It was a really fantastic day out.
 
“I’ve never been to anything like this before and really found it so interesting to be able to see the lambs being born and with the ewes.
 
“It was also really great to see the students with the lambs and explaining to visitors what they were doing and what needs to be done to look after the lambs.
 
“I didn’t expect there to be so much to do at Lackham.
 
“There was some fantastic food as well, we really enjoyed it. It’s a fun day out for people of any age.”
 
As well as seeing the lambs, visitors were also able to meet Lackham’s smaller animals and see the dairy cows being milked – the milk from which goes to Cadbury.
 
One of the highlights is taking tractor and trailer rides between the two farms.
 
Students were also running their Muddy Boots tea shop and visitors were able to buy refreshments from local stall holders and produce from the farm shop.
 
If you weren’t able to make it this week, don’t panic - the College is doing it all again next weekend!
 
Buy your tickets in advance and get the online price by visiting http://bit.ly/2FqbtUq or you can pay on the day.

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