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Spring? A good bet as lambs are gambolling in Stow Bardolph

Lambing season has started at Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph. Annabelle Harvey (4) feeds a lamb.

Lambing season has started at Church Farm Rare Breeds Centre, Stow Bardolph. Annabelle Harvey (4) feeds a lamb.

Spring is well and truly in the air with the arrival of these fluffy, newborn lambs at a West Norfolk attraction.

Twelve lambs have arrived at Church Farm rare breeds centre in Stow Bardolph and visitors have been jumping at the chance to see them.

Families have been flocking to greet the lambs born in the last two weeks, with many using the half-term break to take their youngsters to the centre during a special time.

The school holiday coincides with the birthing season, and young visitors were invited to feed the lambs by hand.

The centre’s assistant manager Kate Farr, 20, said: “It’s been really, really busy since the lambs arrived, and they’ve been keeping us on our toes.

“We had a fantastic response during the half-term, with mums, dads and grandparents bringing the kids along and joining in the fun.”

The lamb feeds will be running at the centre right up until the end of April, with public feeds at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm and 4pm.

Miss Farr said: “These commercial lambs are much hardier than the rare breed lambs, and have a much larger appetite, which is great as visitors get more of a chance to feed them.”

The lambs were brought into the centre from local farmers, and are kept in the main pen with a heated lamp and plenty of hay to keep warm.

Miss Farr said: “These lambs were all brought in as they came from triplets or quads, which is too many for the ewe to feed. We have to hand rear them and they become very friendly.”

When old enough, they will be sold on to local keepers. Church Farm is also gearing up for an influx of rare breed lambs, with six of its Norfolk Horn ewes already having given birth.

Other breeds due to give birth are the Wensleydale, Whiteface Woodland, the two- and four-horn Manx, the North Ronaldsay and Boreray.

 

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