A RECORD number of visitors flocked to Moreton Morrell College to meet the first lambs of spring as they were welcomed into the world.
More than 4,000 people attended the annual Lambing and Animals Weekend, held at WCG’s Nether Moreton Farm, which was back after a two year Covid-enforced abscence.
Visitors were able to meet and hold the new born lambs, with a lucky few even seeing some being born, as well as sit on a tractor and speak to farm manager Henry Dingle.
The college’s Animal Centre also opened its doors for people to get up close to meerkats, porcupines and other exotic animals, and families enjoyed taking part in a special adventure trail around the grounds of the college.
The event’s new farmers’ market was also a hit with visitors, giving people the opportunity to sample a range of local produce and purchase goods from local small businesses.
Peter Husband, WCG group principal, said: “It was incredible to welcome so many people to our Lambing and Animals Weekend after Covid forced us to hold the event virtually for the last two years.
“It was clear that everyone was keen to be back at in-person events, and what better way to spend a weekend than meeting our new born lambs at the farm.
“We had some fantastic weather, and we’ve had some fantastic feedback from visitors who really enjoyed seeing all of the animals.
“We also had a lot of questions about careers in farming, the dynamics of working on a farm and the industry courses which can be studied at WCG – which is a real boost to agricultural education.