An introduction to lambing

Saturday 14th March 2015
10am – 4pm

Join us at Forty Hall Farm during our lambing season, for this one-day introduction to lambing.

This hands-on course will cover all of the basics that you need to know about this exciting part of the farming year, including how to prepare for lambing; how to identify a sheep in labour; handling techniques, and how to deal with problem births. It will also cover housing, feeding and how to look after new-born lambs.

The course will be a combination of taught theory and practical work out in the lambing sheds. We cannot guarantee that any of our ewes will give birth while the course is going on but there is a very good chance they will!

The course will be led by Ray Bowler. Ray was the Farm Manager and Head of Agriculture at Writtle Agricultural College for many years. He is a highly experienced farmer and, having helped at his first lambing when he was five years old, he has clocked up over 50 yearsʼ lambing experience!

All necessary equipment will be provided, including overalls, but attendees will need to wear wellies or strong boots, and warm, waterproof clothing. Our lambing barn is sheltered from the rain but it’s not heated so please wrap up warm.

Places are £55 per person, plus booking fee. The course fee includes an organic lunch and all refreshments, and there are a maximum of ten places. You will also receive a booklet of handouts to take home with you.

Click here to book a place on the course

Please note: if you or your partner is pregnant, we do not recommend you do this course. For more information on why this, visit the NHS website here.

For more information or to find out about other events and short courses at the Farm, contact us.