Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day 2015
A dull windy day with rain at times did little to deter the public from making their way to Rodway Farm, Cannington (Bridgwater College) for the now well established annual Lambing Funday event. As always it proved an excellent showcase for modern farming as well as providing entertainment and activities for all the family and a range of varied trade stands.
In the sheep shed lambing had been well under way for some time resulting in a good display of ewes including Llanwenogs with young Texel cross lambs in the lambing pens. The 73 Llanwenog ewes scanned at 185% with only one barren so the final outcome is awaited with interest but their lambs certainly look good. Many ewes and lambs had already been turned out & are coping well. Two ewes lambed during the day and this together with shearing demonstrations always draws a crowd. Young children were also able to feed orphan lambs, be photographed holding a lamb and participate in a novel exercise using wool to produce a souvenir to take home. During the day Jim Burdge gave an excellent commentary highlighting the Llanwenogs and their excellent characteristics on several occasions.
The day was also an opportunity to present the Trevor Kelland Memorial Bursary split this year between Hannah Herriot and Charlotte Male. Both are well into their projects and will present their project reports during the summer. We were also able to view the new Agricultural Innovation Centre which houses classrooms, meeting rooms, offices and a restaurant, and consolidates all agricultural teaching on one site. Next door is a new state of the art Biosecurity Centre which is now setting standards for the industry.
The group photo shows from L to R Hannah Herriot (bursary), Steve Jones (farm manager), Jim Burdge (lecturer), Jeremy Kerswell (head of land based studies), Lawrence Jones & Charlotte Male (bursary).