New arrivals down on the farm at Oaklands College

PUBLISHED: 06:00 07 February 2016

The newborn calf at Oaklands College

The newborn calf at Oaklands College


With Oaklands College doubling as a real working farm in St Albans’ Green Belt, the institution has welcomed its first lambs and calves of the season, including rare quadruplets.

The college, located in Hatfield Road, has a variety of animals at its 500-acre campus which are taken care of by animal care, equine and agricultural students.

It has seen 80 lambs born already, with many more ewes due to give birth over the next few weeks.

A college spokeswoman said that as the ewes had not been scanned yet, “we don’t know for sure how many we’ll get. Our farm manager thinks the number born will be much the same as last year, which was around the 250-mark.

“We are also expecting a set of quads this year, which is very rare!”

She added that students were being kept busy as Oaklands has “had a lot of triplets this year. Normally the third lamb would be given to a ewe who only has a single lamb, so she can feed it, but we haven’t had any single lambs, so there’s a lot of bottle-feeding and late nights going on.

“But it’s a great experience for the students.”

Pupils have been taking part in a rota system to stay at the college around the clock to make sure ewes who are giving birth get the care and help they need.

Among the animals born recently at the farm is a cute British White calf, a breed dating back to the 17th century which apparently make excellent mothers.

The spokeswoman added that a litter of British Saddleback pigs, a relatively new breed, has made an appearance this week, and “a very plump goat at the farm is also due soon”.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Herts Advertiser. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Nature Notes

Mon, 07:00

There is one bird that has occupied my thoughts this last month. I have puzzled over how to describe it and express it in words that would somehow do it justice and distill, dare I say even bottle, in words, a little of its magic. The bird itself offers no fine plumage detail that would warrant colourful prose or even a voice that we might call a ‘song’. It is essentially dark brown all over and its voice is best described as a scream; and yet it is master of the skies, unrivalled in aerial dexterity, a resident of the heavens and but a brief visitor to earth. I am of course talking about swifts.

Read more

Guided Walks

A selection of walk around the theme of parks within the county

Read more
Photo Galleries

Photo Galleries

Photo Galleries: Send in your images


Thursday, April 2, 2020

“Hertfordshire farmers, we are here and we are keen to do what we can to help!”

Read more

Most Read

Latest from the Herts Advertiser