Spring is a very busy and exciting time on the farm at Brooksby Melton College, with new lambs, piglets and calves being born each day. To celebrate, the college has invited local primary schools to visit the farm, meet the newcomers and learn more about farming-life.
Each year, around 20 schools visit Brooksby, bringing groups of children aged 3 – 11, many of which have never been to a farm before. This year, teachers and students from some schools were lucky enough to witness something extra-special – the birth of a lamb! A teacher from Westfield Junior School commented, “The most enjoyable aspect was watching a ewe giving birth live – amazing!”
Farmer Rosie and Farmer Carol added, “We come every year to teach the local primary school children and it’s a delight. We cover a range of subjects, including wildlife, farm animals and all aspects of lambing.”
The Brooksby Estate spans over 850 acres, where the college offers full-time courses, apprenticeships and short courses in a range of land-based subjects, including Agriculture, Horticulture and Countryside Management.
Alex Lambert, the Marketing Manager at the College said, “It’s so great to be able to invite children to the farm so they can experience the enjoyment of meeting new-born animals, but most importantly, so they can learn about the significance of farming to our country. Many students do not realise where our food comes from, and they find it fascinating to be up-close to the cows, pigs and sheep.”
To further celebrate farming at Brooksby, and to allow more people to visit the campus, Brooksby Melton College will once again be hosting its annual Open Farm Sunday on June 9th. The family-focussed event will include the famous Plant Sale, plus farm tours, tractor and trailer rides, a chance to meet the animals, a treasure hunt and a BBQ. For more information, click here.