LOCAL families are looking forward to one of the highlights of the farming year as the lambing season begins.
South Staffordshire College has enjoyed an excellent start to the lambing season, with the arrival of twins at the college farm on the Rodbaston campus, near Penkridge.
The farm is home to 300 sheep and the twins are just the beginning of what is expected to be a very busy time at the farm, with 220 expectant mothers producing 400 lambs over the next three to four weeks.
Agricultural students will be providing 24-hour care to the new mums and their offspring, in what is one of the busiest times in the farm’s calendar, gaining knowledge and expertise to help them in their future careers.
The college is holding two lambing weekends March 22-23 and 29-30 when visitors will be able to help bottle-feed the new arrivals.
The farm will also showcase a herd of pedigree Hereford suckler cows who have begun calving and the housed cattle will be on show, alongside the 1m000 animals normally on view at the College’s own zoo.
It is always a very popular weekend with staff and students keen to share their new skills with the public.
Rodbaston farm manager, Jon Giles, said: “The experience gained by the farm staff and students is important in the welfare and care of the animals and we all look forward to the lambing weekends. It’s always very rewarding to see how much pleasure children and adults alike get through the close interaction with the farm animals and all the hard work behind the scenes is worth it to see their faces.”
The Animal Zone is open from 10am – 5pm.
For more details about booking, telephone 01785 710560.