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Thousands of visitors flock to Lackham for 23rd annual Lambing Weekends

Published: 20/03/2017

March's mixed weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of more than 4,000 visitors to Lackham who popped on their wellies and waterproofs hoping to get the chance to see a lamb being born.

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Visitors enjoy the lambing sheds at Lackham's Home Farm and the chance to see some newborn lambs!

People, young and old, travelled from near and far to attend Wiltshire College's 23rd annual Lambing Weekends, which are always one of the highlights of the spring calendar.

Ian Revill, who is the Assistant Principal for Lackham, said: “The weather may have been quite dull and dreary on both days over the weekend, but the people certainly weren’t!

“We had around 2,000 visitors per day and everyone just putting on their wellies and waterproofs and getting on with going to see the lambs being born and other animals.

“This year we have even more ewes lambing during the March period so the chances to see a lamb actually being born are higher than ever.

“As ever I would like to thank all those who came for their patience as the wet weather can make the event very challenging to deliver.”

More than 1,000 ewes are lambing this year and around 450 of those have already lambed about 800 lambs.

As well as many single lambs making their appearance, the agricultural teams have been delighted to see around 500 twins, 40 triplets and a couple of quads sets too!

Agricultural students work on rotas throughout the entire lambing period and this year students from other curriculum areas are also supporting the event.

Hairdressing students helped keep the smiles on children’s faces by offering face painting, and Foundation Studies students ran the tea shop.

Tony Green, who is the Head of Foundation Studies, said: “Our students from Lackham and Chippenham made cakes, biscuits and flapjacks to sell in the shop.

“In preparation they created a fantastic production line bagging and labelling goods which formed part of their studies embedding English and maths as well as developing entrepreneurial skills.”

“Over the weekend we had a fantastic team of students running the tea shop and one was appointed student manager.

“I saw them operating like a well-oiled machine serving refreshments, collecting takings, keeping scrupulous records and accounts in the process.

“At the end of the day the students came together to discuss ideas and developing the service for next weekend.

“All of this work forms part of the student’s portfolio which helps to make them employable in the retails sector.”

Art and Design students from the Chippenham campus held felting sessions and have also displayed sculptures and artwork they have designed around the farms for all to see.

Level 3 Land Based Technology students completed one of their major projects for the year by building two more personnel trailers in time for lambing, meaning the college now has seven in operation to transport visitors between the farms.

Their lecturer Mike O Sullivan said: “I am really proud of my students for all their hard work on building the trailers and also to Marshall Trailers, who supplied the kits to us, for their outstanding support year on year, not only with this project, but other projects too.”

As well as being able to see newborn lambs, Lackham Farm is also home to sheep, pigs, donkeys and deer.

Visitors can also see the dairy cows being milked – the milk from which goes to Cadbury!

Tractor Ted is also in attendance with children’s rides and there are a variety of food and beverage stalls as well as a mini farmers marking selling Lackham meat and eggs.

This week the college is also delighted to be welcoming nursery, preschool and primary school children for tours around the farms.

Julie Raymond, who is an Early Years Practitioner at The Willows Preschool in North Bradley, said: “It’s been a truly amazing experience for both the children and adults so much so that I could have stayed all day.”

Don’t worry if you missed it– Lambing takes place again this weekend at our Lackham campus and could be the perfect day out to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Please not Lambing takes place at our specialised landbased campus at Lackham, which is based near Lacock. The postcode is SN15 2NY.

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