Record numbers flock to Easton & Otley College’s lambing weekend

Easton and Otley College students left to right, Abigail Waldron, William Pratt, Charlotte Billingto

Easton and Otley College students left to right, Abigail Waldron, William Pratt, Charlotte Billington and James Burman feeding orphaned lambs at the Lambing Weekend. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Record numbers have flocked to see new born lambs taking their first, faltering, steps at a Norfolk farming college.

With spring finally coming, Easton & Otley College hosted its annual lambing weekend, giving people the chance to see new-born animals.

Organisers anticipate that, over yesterday and today, there were in excess of 7,000 visitors to the popular event, breaking the previous record.

Visitors, many of them with young children, got the chance to see new-born lambs - one of which was named Oscar to mark last night's film awards ceremony - close up.

Another new arrival was a baby highland calf born yesterday, while chicks, ducks and turkeys also delighted visitors.

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Farm manager Andrew Vernon said, 'We have had approximately 100 lambs born in the last week. Our students have been heavily involved in the set-up of the event and worked incredibly hard.

'People love to come and see little lambs. It sparks their imagination for farming.'

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Other attractions included tractor and trailer rides, sheepdog trials, arts and crafts and a children's play area.

College spokesman John Nice, said: 'We would like to thank the local community for overwhelmingly supporting this event.'

The college's next large scale event will be its annual family fun day on Sunday, June 5.

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