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Spring sunshine attracts thousands to Lackham for sucessful second Lambing weekend
27 March 2017

Spring sunshine attracts thousands to Lackham for sucessful second Lambing weekend

And many were thrilled to successfully witness the arrival of single lambs, twins and triplets at Notton Farm, where more than 850 ewes have been lambing.

Ian Revill, who is the Assistant Principal at Lackham, said: “What a difference the sunshine made!

“It was so nice to see people enjoying a taste of real spring.

“I don't think we have ever had so many lambs born in front of the visitors before in any other years.

“Most people who were game to patiently 'stake out' at pens were rewarded with the sight of a ewe giving birth.

“Although the public weekends have finished we will still be lambing for a while, with well over a hundred ewes still to go, whilst the earlier ones are already out on the new grass enjoying the sunshine while it lasts!"

Phil Steans, is the Farm Manager at Lackham, and introduced the event more than 22 years ago.

He said: “We were delighted to see so many people at Lackham over the two weekends, every year it gets bigger and this weekend just gone was the busiest I think I ever remembers seeing it.”

Although the public have been able to visit Lackham for the past two weekends, the lambing season has been underway for quite some time with staff and students working tirelessly to ensure the healthy arrival of their flock.

This was Level 3 Agricultural student Francesca Freeman-Jones' first ever lambing and she said she is really enjoying every minute.

She said: "I want to become a farm manager and so came to Lackham to learn about all aspects of farming.

"I live on a 100-cattle beef farm so this was completely new to me.

“I have lost count of the number of lambs I have seen being born now and feel confident to deal with all aspects of lambing.

"It has been fantastic to see so many people here and I have enjoyed meeting lots of visitors and introducing them to our lambs."

Ben Harley, is a 2nd year level 3 Agricultural student.

The 17-year-old said: “I have learned to drive different makes of tractors on this course and being able to drive all the different ones over the lambing weekends has made me event more enthusiastic to start my new career in agriculture.”

Chris Taylor, is the Deputy Head of Department for Agriculture and Horticulture.

He said: “I am immensely proud of all the Lackham students that worked over the two lambing weekends.

“Thank you to all the tractor drivers and guides, those on lambing duty and those who showed the public how cows are milked.

“They all did a fantastic job and we should all be grateful on how they represented both the agriculture and farm mechanisation departments.

“In addition I would like to thank all the staff from all the campuses who worked so hard and made the event such an immense success.”

More than 850 of the college’s 1,000 ewes have lambed around 1,250 lambs in a short amount of time.

In addition to the lambs, visitors thoroughly enjoyed meeting some of Lackham’s smaller residents including rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, piglets, donkeys and goats.

Other curriculum areas also supported the event with Beauty Therapy students offering tattoos and face painting and Art & Design students from the Chippenham campus hosting popular felting workshops as well as organising an art exhibition.

Foundation Studies students also ran the tea shop at Home Farm, which they made cakes for and Land Based and Farm Mechanisation students drove the tractors and built personnel trailers to transport passengers.