Posted on 16 April 2019
Spring has finally arrived at Merrist Wood College, with the birth of the first lamb on Friday 5th April. 43 lambs have been born already, including 13 singles, 12 sets of twins and 2 set of triplets so far and there’s more to follow.
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.
Tahlia Balkwill and Ruby Dobbs, both currently studying Level 3 Animal Management at Merrist Wood College and completing their work experience on the farm, said “We’re here to assist during labour and birth - we look out to make sure the lamb is in the correct position. Ideally you want hooves and head first for an easier birth. We’re staying here overnight in a heated stable so we’re on hand for any births or for any of the lambs that may need assistance.”
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 viewing, 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 27 April, 12pm–4pm (pre-booked online ticket sales only) and Sunday 28 April, 10am-4pm (tickets available to buy online and on the day).