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12 March 2018

Dozens of lamb births make for a successful first Lambing Weekend at Wiltshire College

The arrival of countless single lambs, twins and triplets made for an exciting and successful first Lambing Weekend at Wiltshire College.

Mothering Sunday also saw the arrival of one set of quads, which was a treat for those visiting the lambing sheds.

The cold weather and snow at the end of February, saw lambs start to arrive a little earlier than planned with more than 600 being born ahead of Saturday.

During lambing, agriculture students work around the clock preparing, looking after the ewes and ensuring the safe arrival of the lambs.

Level 3 Agriculture student Ollie Whittock was helping out on Saturday and Sunday.

The 17-year-old said: “It was a really great first weekend and nice to see so many people come along to visit.

“For much of the weekend, I was wearing a headset talking to visitors about what was happening and this was really good for building my confidence as I am naturally quite a shy person.

“The course at Lackham is so hands on and practical that we all feel confident with lambing and all the students work really well together and have become even closer.”

Bethany Gullis, 18, is a second year Level 3 agriculture student.

She said: “I love being at Lackham and enjoy lambing so much that I like to do as many shifts as I can to be involved.

“I live on a dairy farm so it’s a nice change for me and I also really enjoy working as part of a team.

“Everyone works really well together and we all help each other out and support each other.”

Ian Revill is the Assistant Principal at Lackham.

He said: “It is amazing how different the weather can be in March!

“I have known years where we have all be in t-shirts and wearing sun cream.

“The weather so far has been a bit of a challenge as only a week ago the farm was completely snowed in.

“Then the rain meant that the car park had standing water on it and so we changed where we parked all our visitors.

“The students did a great job of collecting the visitors in the tractors with trailers and delivering them to the farm and everyone was full of spring cheer even with the drizzle and mud.”

As well as 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.

Students from other departments were also supporting the event, with the Aspire Salon of Hair and Beauty offering face painting and glitter tattoos and Foundation Studies ran a tea shop.

The second Lambing Weekend takes place this Saturday and Sunday 17-18th March and tickets can be bought on the day with cash.

For more information or to book tickets in advance, visit https://shop.wiltshire.ac.uk/product-catalogue/events/lambing-weekend-2018.