Posted on 10 April 2017
Spring has finally arrived at Merrist Wood College, with the birth of the first lamb on Saturday 1st April. 41 lambs have been born so far and there’s an additional 64 to follow, including 37 sets of twins and 4 set of triplets.
Lambing is part of the Wildlife and Conservation course module, which allows the students hands-on experience helping with the births, and looking after the lambs and ewes.
Megan Raby, who is currently studying Level 3 Animal Management at Merrist Wood College and completing her work experience on the farm, said “I’ve really enjoyed learning about sheep reproduction this week, and it’s exciting to see all of the new lambs arriving!”
Charlotte Dodd, Livestock Technician at the College, said: “The lead up to Fleecy Frolics is always a fun time of year for both students and staff. Lambing gives our students valuable learning experience, which prepares them for their future career.”
The College’s public lambing event ‘Fleecy Frolics’ is a celebration of nature and countryside crafts and features lamb cuddling, animal handling, farm visits, countryside crafts and more…and offers a great day out for the whole family! This year’s event will be held across two days; Saturday 22 April, 12pm–4pm (pre-booked online ticket sales only) and Sunday 23 April, 10am-4pm (tickets available to buy online and on the day).