A farm near Grantham is offering hands-on Lambing Experience Days this Spring in a bid to better educate visitors about where their food comes from.
Mill Farm in Barkston is a working farm with accommodation and owner Steve Elnor is keen to provide some exciting and educational experiences for guests who are staying in one of his Running Water Deluxe WigwamⓇ Cabins. He is running lambing experience days from 9am – 1pm on March 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 and April 2, 4, 5, 9 and 11.
Steve said: “I thought it might interest people who are staying on the farm to see what happens during lambing season. There has been a lot of negative press around British farming so far this year, so what better way to dispel the lies than to show people how real farms work and offer a hands-on experience?
“They’ll spend a few hours in the morning in the lambing sheds with me where I’ll talk them through how we feed, lamb and raise the sheep and they’ll hopefully, but we can’t promise it, see some lambs being born, then they’ll head back to the cabins for a well-earned hot lunch provided by The Stag pub in the village.”
Steve will give visitors the opportunity to feed the sheep, assist with moving them and even have a go at bottle-feeding the lambs.
It is the first time he has invited members of the public into his lambing sheds and he is hoping it will be an experience they remember for a long time to come.
He added: “British farmers want nothing more than to show people just how well they care for their animals, what goes into raising them for food and why it is so important to buy British and support local. Here in Lincolnshire we are at the heart of rural food production.
“I hope that visitors will go away having had a once in a lifetime experience witnessing lambs being born but also with a changed attitude towards British farming.”
The cost of the lambing experience is £35 per adult, £20 for under 16s (or £13.50 per head for younger children if sharing a meal between two). Due to the hands-on nature of the experience and risk of infection, it is not open to women who are, or might be, pregnant.
Each Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabin sleeps up to four people and are priced from £65 per night. Children under 16 stay free. To book visit www.wigwamholidays.com/millside