Duchy College Rosewarne has welcomed the lambing season with eleven new arrivals, however one little lamb is being hand reared by staff and students after mum stopped producing milk.
The black Hebridean lamb was born Sunday 15th April and has had to be moved into the stable with her mum so she can be bottle fed and kept warm.
Animal Management Technician Kit Williams explained: “This sheep gave birth to twins but after contracting mastitis wasn’t producing any milk; unfortunately one of the twins was very weak and died over night so we’ve moved mum and the remaining lamb into the stable. The lamb is doing really well, getting stronger by the day and will hopefully be back out with the rest of group next week. We keep them both together because it’s important for them to bond even if she’s not producing any milk. The students have been helping out and it’s important for them to see that unfortunately some lambs won’t make it.”
Animal Care Diploma student Tyler Morgan, 17, from Helston said: “Lambing season has been really interesting and a good experience. I’m really enjoying the course, I like all the hands-on tasks we do and working with all the different animals.”
The College has eleven new arrivals in total – ten Hebridean lambs and one Portland cross breed.
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “We have excellent animal management facilities and staff; the students learn so much from working with them and being part of experiences like this. Good to hear the rest of the new arrivals are doing well.”
For further information on the animal care and management courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne, please call 0845 605 0455 or visit the website www.duchy.ac.uk
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