Thousands of visitors enjoyed a fantastic Springtime experience at Reaseheath College’s Lambing and Zoo Weekend in Nantwich, making it the most successful yet.
The sell-out event, which is being repeated next weekend (March 11 & 12) attracted 2,500 visitors each day and offered a rare opportunity for families to learn first hand about the job of a shepherd during the lambing period. Some lucky visitors even witnessed a live birth.
During quiet periods in the lambing sheds attendees could still catch videos of earlier action and watch agricultural staff and students demonstrating the special care required for the delivery and care of the lambs.
Reaseheath’s Mini Zoo, which is one of the best at any educational institution in the country, was also open to the public and visitors were keen to visit the college’s extensive collection which includes meerkats, lemurs, otters, birds of prey, companion animals, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Activities at the zoo included face painting and educational talks by Reaseheath’s zoo keepers.
The lambing weekends have been a major draw to Reaseheath over the past 26 years, with many regulars returning annually from across Cheshire and neighbouring counties to meet the newborns. The college has a commercial flock of over 350 expectant Highlander ewes which are due to produce more than 700 lambs including a small number of quads and triplets.
Previous lambing visitor Kelly Minckley from Crewe, who was enjoying the day with husband Jon and son Harrison, said: “We’ve been lucky enough to see two lambs being born, which was very special. Each time I’ve been to a Reaseheath event I’ve learned something new.”
Visitor Liam Hetherington from Frodsham, who works in the food industry, commented: “This is a fantastic way for children to learn about agriculture and food production.”
Reaseheath’s Event Manager Stephanie Owen said: “We had a fabulous lambing weekend and received great comments from visitors about how well organised the event has been and how friendly and welcoming our staff and students are.
“We’re looking forward to repeating the event next weekend but I’d like to emphasise that entry is strictly by prepaid ticket and that tickets are selling fast.”
- This event is not suitable for expectant ladies
- Dogs are not permitted
- Please wear suitable outdoor footwear