East Durham College Agriculture students Ellis McLurg, 16, Caitlin Seatree 17, Brian troupe,16 and Nicole Odell,17 with the first Houghall lamb of 2015

Early Start For Lambing At Houghall Farm

Houghall Farm at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus has welcomed its first lambs of 2015.

Using specific breeding techniques, staff at the College have been able to expand the birthing season to give all students the opportunity to experience this part of the farming process.

By using these techniques the period of lambing started in around mid January and will continue all the way through until April.

Houghall Farm Manager Keith Cook, who has overseen the project, believes this gives all the students a chance to be involved with an integral part of farming life.

Keith said: “This project has been planned for a while and it’s just another way that we are continuing to expand here at the College to show students a wide range of processes and techniques that can be implemented within the farming process.

“Through the techniques we have used for the lambing this year we have been able to expand our lambing season to start earlier than normal here at the College, giving students on agriculture courses the opportunity to get involved.”

And members of the public will also have the chance to see the new lambs at the Houghall Campus in early spring.

After the huge success of the first event last year, East Durham College’s Houghall Farm will be hosting its Lambing Sunday event again this year on Sunday 22nd March between 11am-3pm.

For more information on courses in Agriculture at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham call our student services team on 0191 375 4710.