Farm News - Spring
Spring has Sprung!
The first day of Spring seems like the right time to write our ‘Spring’ update, especially as the sun is finally shining after what feels like several weeks of wind and rain!
Spring is all about new arrivals on the Farm and the animals are certainly gearing up for this very busy time. We have eggs in the incubator due to hatch at the start of April and the hatchery will be reopened for the season from then, along with our ‘Meet the Chicks’ Farm Fact talks. The sheep are now heavily pregnant and will be brought onto the yard at the end of March ready for lambing. Lambing week runs from 6 April. We are expecting 12 sets of twins, 2 sets of triplets and 4 single lambs during that week! You may even be lucky enough to see a live birth and you can find out all about lambing from our regular talks.
The first cow due to calve is our beautiful Jersey, Berry on 13 May. We're so excited as we used ‘sexed semen’ for her AI (Artificial Insemination) so we know she is having a little heifer calf! Once she’s calved our milking demonstrations will be back on in the shippon daily. After Berry we have Beauty, our Guernsey cow, due on 18 June and she will join Berry in the milking demos. The Red Poll cows are due later in the summer.
And keen not to miss out on any limelight it’s going to be a busy time in the piggery as both Tallulah the Tamworth and Bella the Berkshire are due litters of piglets over the Easter holidays!
And if all those new arrivals weren’t enough, during the Easter holidays we are running a Gingerbread Man trail with a quiz sheet to complete and also some Gingerbread Decorating sessions in the Clydesdale Barn (these are pre-book only, see the events listing for details). Our Farming Folk of the 40’s characters will be onsite so you may be lucky enough to have a chat with Aunt Mary in her cottage or Mr Wiglesworth in the Land Agent’s Office!
We have several Adult Education days for you to access including Secrets of the Lambing Shed, Home to Roost and Beekeeping which are all bookable online through our events listings. And don’t miss our Sheep Shearing weekend on 25/26 May to kick the half term off.
So come down to The Farm for lots of spring fun over the next few weeks…
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Adopted Animal Updates
See how Prancer the Reindeer and Frosty the Donkey are getting on in our Adopt An Animal page.