An early but welcome arrival!
The first spring lamb has been born at Tatton Park’s Farm and staff are looking forward to lots more arrivals this spring. “It’s our absolute favourite time of year, helping to bring new life into the world and we can’t wait to show off more lambs to visitors over the next few weeks” says Elly Edwards, Tatton Park Farm Assistant and resident sheep expert.
Elly and the teamwork hard throughout the winter months to synchronise the ewes to all lamb at roughly the same time. A specialist sheep scanner visited the farm in February to check on the ewes and count unborn sheep. It was revealed that they’re expecting 34 lambs in total – 6 singles, 11 sets of twins and even 2 sets of triplets!“Once we have this information,” explains Elly “we can give the expectant ewes the correct care and feed for the number of lambs they are carrying, to ensure the best possible results for all the animals.
The new spring lambs join farmyard favourites such as cows, pigs, horses and goats. You can also meet several rare breeds including the Leicester Longwool Sheep, Shire Horses, Middle White Pigs and Golden Guernsey Goats, all of which are on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust watch-list. Tatton Park’s Farm is an Approved Conservation Centre for rare breeds, and these animals’ numbers are maintained thanks only to the dedication and hard work of the farm staff.
Lambing Week 2nd – 10th April
Head to Tatton Park’s Farm throughout Lambing Week from Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th April, when staff share their expertise with visitors, giving informative talks at the lambing shed on how they spot the signs of lambing and care for the sheep and lambs during this extra special time. You can also discover how their feed is made in the Mill.
Times and prices for Lambing Week:
Normal farm admission applies. The farm is now open 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm) Tuesday to Sunday.
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