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Hundreds of local families are expected to flock to Reaseheath College in Nantwich in March to welcome the first lambs of the season.

The college’s lambing weekends have been a major draw to the college for 23 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 an educational institution in the UK, is also open to the public.

Both attractions are open on March 2 and 3 and again on March 9 and 10, from 10am-4pm each day.

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.

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

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

Dan said: “Lambing 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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