Cousins Hope Williams, 2 yrs, and Alexie Williams, 8 yrs, both from Nantwich

Hundreds of families flocked to Reaseheath College in Nantwich to welcome the first lambs of the season.

Undeterred by wintry weather, hundreds filled the college’s lambing sheds to meet the newborns and many were lucky enough to experience a live birth.

Reaseheath’s zoo was also open, offering opportunities for families to see some of the extensive collection of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

They could also watch keepers feed meerkats, capybara, lemurs and otters.

Both attractions will be open again next weekend, March 11 and 12.

The lambing weekends, which have been held at Reaseheath for the for the past 21 years, are highly popular with families from Cheshire and surrounding counties and many visitors return each year.

Nikki Lewis, from Congleton, who was watching the marmosets at the zoo with daughter Hollie Tolmie, five, said: “We enjoy coming to Reaseheath’s lambing weekends because they are really good value and great for younger children.

“There’s a lot to see and do – and the arrival of the lambs means that Spring isn’t far away!”

Level 3 Subsidiary diploma in Agriculture students Sophie Kirk and Lauren Bennett help out in the lambing sheds

The college has a flock of 550 expectant ewes which are due to produce around 1,200 lambs over the next month.

These include six sets of quads, 208 sets of triplets, 255 sets of twins and 59 single lambs.

Hundreds of births are timed to coincide with the lambing weekends, giving as many visitors as possible a chance to see Reaseheath agricultural staff and students delivering and caring for the lambs.

Reaseheath shepherd Simon Baskerville said: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to witness this special event.

“Opening the lambing sheds gives us the chance to show what we do here and to inform the public about the farming calendar.”

Other activities include demonstrations of sheepdog handling by agricultural lecturer Dan Henderson and his dog, Floss.

Parking is free and refreshments are available.

Reaseheath lambing sheds and zoo will open again next weekend, March 11 and 12, from 10am to 4pm.

Find out more at www.reaseheath.ac.uk/lambing

Pictured:

– Cousins Hope Williams, aged two, and Alexia Williams, eight, both from Nantwich, enjoy meeting one of the newborn lambs
– Andrew Rolton, six, and his sister Emma, three, from Crewe, enjoy sitting in a JCB tractor;
– Agriculture lecturer Dan Henderson and his sheepdog, Floss, demonstrate sheep penning;
– Sisters Francesca and Isabella Dalton from Northwich, meet Chester the water dragon and animal keeper Finn Holmes-Kellett;
– Hollie Tolmie, aged five, from Congleton, enjoys her visit to Reaseheath’s zoo;
– Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Agriculture students Sophie Kirk and Lauren Bennett on duty in the lambing sheds;
– Ava McGuigan, eight months, and Mum Chloe McGuigan from Bebington, Wirral, enjoy meeting student Sophie Kirk and one of the lambs

Andrew,6, and Emma,3, Rolton from Crewe JCB tractor

Reaseheath agriculture lecturer Dan Henderson and his sheepdog Floss demonstrate sheep penning

Sisters Francesca and Isabella Dalton from Northwich meet Chester the Asian water dragon and animal keeper Finn Holmes-Kellett

Hollie Tolmie, aged 5, from Congleton, enjoys her visit to Reaseheath's zoo

Ava McGuigan and mum Chloe McGuigan, Sophie Kirk student

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