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26 March 2019

Thousands Attend Hadlow College Lambing Weekend for Ewe-nique Opportunity to Welcome in the Spring

By Philip Orrell

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Hadlow College’s annual Lambing Weekend offered its long-established unique window into agricultural life on 16th and 17th March. Despite the blustery conditions, the flagship event heralding the start of Spring attracted 15,000 visitors to the site at Faulkner’s Farm.

Running for 27 years now, the event continues to expand, with this year featuring more exciting family activities and food stalls showcasing the best of Kent’s local produce than ever before.

The college’s 513 ewes, a mixture of Suffolk crosses and mules, plus Texel, Charollais and Suffolk ram breeds, relished their time in the spotlight. The college is expecting a total of 898 lambs this season, based on scanning results.

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Visitors enjoyed a host of other activities, including tractor and machinery displays, bird of prey displays, fairground rides, a climbing wall and meeting llamas, pigs, ponies and goats in the paddocks.

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Hadlow College students conducted tours of the Animal Management Unit, where visitors were able to see reptiles, invertebrates and small animals, while lecturers in the lambing shed providing commentary during the day and answered questions.

Lambing 133 - NCRWWith local craftspeople offering plenty of stalls to browse and delicious food & drink available in the Produced in Kent marquee, there was something for everyone.

David Hammond, Director of Estates Strategy & Commercial Development, said: “We would like to thank everyone for the commitment and hard work over a very successful weekend. All the stallholders were very pleased with the event and feedback all weekend was very positive, with many people commenting on the student engagement.”

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