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Thousands Flock to Lambing Weekend

Posted on 30th March 2016 in Agriculture


Our Lambing Weekend on the 12th and 13th March was a huge success, with unprecedented crowds gathering to see our newborns. Across the weekend, 15,500 visitors – our highest ever attendance - came to celebrate the arrival of spring and take part in the fun family activities.

Our 500 ewes - a mix of Charollais, Mules, Romneys and Suffolk X Mules – gave birth to 987 lambs this season and even the weather was kind, with sunshine and clear skies on both days.

In the run-up to the weekend, we arranged for BBC Radio Kent to plug the event in several live segments on their Breakfast Show, broadcast from our sheds – and we even had a birth while they were on air! Huge thanks to Pete Stanley (who bravely stayed on after his night shift to talk on air), Charlotte Matthews and student Emily, who all featured. The show is available on iPlayer until the 10th April: (NB – to save you listening to the full 3-hour programme, our slots are at 01:39:20,  01:55:35,  02:34:40 and 02:56:50).

The success of the event hinged on the great work of our staff and of course our students, who assisted in the lambing sheds, manned the countryside tent, gave tours of our Animal Management Unit, drove tractors, demonstrated vintage restored machinery and generally ensured that visitors had a superb weekend.

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