Future farmers’ first lambing season + SLIDESHOW

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FUTURE farmers got their first experiences of the lambing season as they helped welcome the new arrivals.

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus, on the outskirts of Durham City, has begun to see their ewes go into labour.

BEST BAA NONE: Students Samantha Peacock and Page Novis with lambs they helped deliver.

BEST BAA NONE: Students Samantha Peacock and Page Novis with lambs they helped deliver.

Keith Cook, curriculum leader for agriculture at the college, is happy to see another early lambing season at the farm and has praised the work of the students.

“We always time breeding so that our flock starts lambing before the main farming community,” he said.

“That way, our students get lambing experience at the college, and are then ready to help out on farms across the region and get valuable work experience when lambing time proper starts.”

Level 2 diploma animal care student Page Novis said: “It’s great here at the Houghall Campus. You get to do some fantastic things.

“It was a great privilege to be part of the lambing this year.

“I am sure that this fantastic experience will really help me in my future career in animal care.”

•The slideshow above features pictures of new lambs born near Durham City.