Farm animals on display at Oaklands College as part of Lambing Weekend

PUBLISHED: 19:26 17 March 2016

Visitors to the lambing weekend at Oaklands College

Visitors to the lambing weekend at Oaklands College

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Waterlogged fields did not deter thousands of people from visiting a St Albans college campus to celebrate Lambing Weekend.

A free park and ride service to the Oaklands campus in Hatfield Road was laid on from the University of Herts because onsite parking was limited after recent heavy rain.

And more than 8,000 visitors poured into the college farm where 16 lambs were born over the weekend.

College farm manager Del Knowles was on hand to assist with the births and talk the crowd through the stages of lambing.

Visitors also met the college’s other new arrivals, including two litters of British Saddleback piglets, Toggenburg goat kids and two British White calves.

Newborn lambs at the lambing weekend at Oaklands CollegeNewborn lambs at the lambing weekend at Oaklands College

They were invited to put forward names for the two calves and after a very close competition, the winning monikers were Ellie and Clover.

Youngsters also got the chance to bottle-feed lambs – when a ewe has triplets, one has to be bottle-fed because as the ewe cannot provide enough milk for three lambs.

College principal Zoe Hancock said: “We were delighted to once again open up the college to the local community to celebrate the arrival of our lambs and showcase our animal care and landbased courses. It was lovely to see so many visitors and it provided a great experience for our many students that helped make the weekend so memorable.”

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