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Visit the newborn lambs at Hadlow College’s Lambing Weekend 2017!

Posted on 20th February 2017 in

On 11th and 12th March, visitors to Hadlow College will be able to visit our lambing ewes and their newborn lambs. There will be lots of other fun-filled activities to enjoy for all the family such as birds of prey displays, meeting our llamas, pigs, goats and other animals, vintage tractor displays, testing your head for heights on the climbing wall, seeing our reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals, shopping for local produce, plus much more! If you book your tickets online by clicking here, you can save on the gate prices.

Find out more about sheep and lambing with the facts below. We look forward to seeing you during our lambing weekend!

  • Sheep only have eight incisor teeth on the lower jaw that presses against a hard pad on the upper palette.
  • A female sheep is called a ewe, a male sheep is called a ram.
  • Sheep have poor eyesight but an excellent sense of hearing.
  • The UK has the largest sheep industry in Europe with 16 million breeding sheep.

  • Hadlow has a flock of 350 Mules and 150 Suffolk Cross Mules.
  • Hadlow is expecting 949 lambs this year.
  • New lambs are moved out into the field between seven-to-ten days old.

  • Sheep milk can be used for drinking and to make cheese, yoghurt and ice cream.
  • Fat from sheep (know as Tallow) can be used to make candles and soap.
  • Meat from sheep less than one year old is called ‘lamb,’ meat from sheep aged between one and two years old is called ‘hogget’ and meat from sheep aged over two is called ‘mutton.’

  • At around 70 days into the pregnancy, sheep are scanned to see how many lambs they are carrying.
  • A sheep is pregnant, on average, for 147 days.
  • Ewes typically give birth to twins but can have up to four lambs.
  • Ewes are split into groups and fed according to the number of lambs they are due to have.
  • The first signs of labour is to paw the ground, then lie down and stretch the head and neck.
  • Labour can last one-to-two hours.

  • A lamb drinks its mother’s milk for four months.
  • Lambs can walk within minutes of being born.
  • A lamb’s tail is docked for cleanliness reasons.
  • The numbers on their sides allow the shepherd to identify individual ewes and their lambs.
  • The colour of the number denotes the number of lambs. Red is a single, blue is a twin and green are triplets.

Hadlow is an agricultural college and as such, has a duty to demonstrate the principles of commercial sheep production – principally for meat – to students. The breeds we have represent a good balance of commercial production and suitability to train our students. We ultimately have to produce a quality saleable product and the breeds we use and the way we cross them at tupping do just that. Our flocks are carefully managed, in good condition and responsibly farmed – animal welfare is at the top of our agenda.

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