lambing - Dan Henderson and Floss pen sheep

Hundreds of local families will be flocking to Reaseheath College in Nantwich for the first two weekends of March to enjoy the popular lambing events.

The lambing weekends have been a major draw to the college for the past 22 years.

Many visitors return each season to meet the newborns and hopefully to experience a live birth.

Reaseheath’s Zoo – one of the best at any educational institution in the country – is also open to the public on both weekends.

Both attractions are open on March 3 and 4 (10am – 4pm) and again on March 10 and 11.

The college has a flock of more than 500 expectant ewes which will produce around 1,000 lambs over the next few weeks.

During quiet times in the lambing sheds, visitors can catch videos of earlier action and watch experts demonstrating the special care required for the delivery and care of the lambs.

There will also be demonstrations of sheepdog handling.

Reaseheath’s zoo houses more than 1,000 animals including meerkats, lemurs, a tapir, otters, birds of prey, companion animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

Activities will include face painting and educational talks by Reaseheath zoo keepers.

Reaseheath shepherd Dan Henderson is in charge of the flock helped by a rota of Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture students who are gaining practical experience in the lambing sheds.

Dan, pictured, said: “It is traditionally the first sign of spring and this event is always very popular.

“Opening the lambing sheds gives us the chance to show what we do here.

“As well as giving the public the unique experience of seeing lambs being born, it is also a great opportunity for us to tell them about the farming calendar and about the food on their plate.”

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