There are few things that lift the spirits more than the sight of bounding new spring lambs in the fields of Lincolnshire. ITV Yorkshire’s Calendar editors decided to send our cameraman Simon White to Riseholme Agricultural College at Lincoln, to film the first baby lambs and pregnant ewes for a special live feature that was broadcast last night.
The students are on standby throughout the day and night for any new arrivals, with several of the ewes expecting triplets at any moment. Though the ITV team hoped for an on-air birth, they had to settle for shots of pretty lambs bouncing around their pens and presenter Lisa Adlam interviewed the staff of Riseholme College.
Tony Houlden, Livestock Unit Manager commented: “The next three to four weeks we’re quite busy. The students play a big role in the lambing time. We have them on duty throughout the day on six hour intervals. And then through the night they start at 8pm until 8am in the morning.”
He continued: “It’s something they’ll never forget and it’s a big practical part of their studies, and is a golden opportunity for them.”