Bridgwater College Lambing Fun Day 2016
A glorious spring day on March 13th drew a large crowd to this increasingly popular annual event at Rodway Farm, Cannington. In addition to the range of livestock on show including cattle, sheep & pigs there was the usual array of activities &trade stands, including for the first time this year a display of vintage farm machinery. It was made even better by two ewes lambing on the day with a full commentary for watching members of the public.
The day was an excellent opportunity to talk to George Jones, the recently appointed farm manager, who has not worked with the Llanwenog sheep breed before. So far he has found them to be easy lambing & good mothers with minimal losses. He has also found them to be very hardy & able to cope with recent wet weather better with less lameness than other ewes on the farm. Added to this none have prolapsed & they are easy to handle! He plans to keep the Llanwenog flock at its present size (c.40 ewes) & intends to buy a yearling Llanwenog ram to breed replacements.
The day concluded with the presentation of the Trevor Kelland Memorial Bursary to Ben Roberts. He reports that not only is his project is progressing well, but the Llanwenogs are lambing well too. So far none of the Llanwenogs have lost any lambs between scanning & actual lambing.