A CUTE new arrival has given hope that spring is not far away – while visitors to another South Yorkshire farm got the chance to see young animals who are yet to be born.
Whirlow Hall Farm has delivered its first lamb of the year, and staff are expecting many more as the lambing season begins in earnest.
Sarah Kerrigan, fundraiser and events organiser at the farm, said the infant was a ‘beautiful’ baby girl, and that the new arrival has bonded quickly with its mum after taking its first steps on Monday.
“Mother and baby are doing well,” said Sarah. “We have a further 79 ewes who will be delivering over the next few weeks.”
Whirlow Hall Farm is holding a Lambing Open Day next Friday from 11am to 3pm, where kids and grown-ups can meet farm animals including calves, ducks, hens and goats.
Children will also be able to take part in craft activities and have their faces painted.
Meanwhile, Cannon Hall Farm, near Cudworth in Barnsley, has been anticipating the arrival of hundreds of spring lambs with a special event called Scanning Live.
Visitors were able to see lambs in their mothers’ wombs as they were pregnancy scanned ahead of their expected births at Easter.
People also got the opportunity to feed cattle using the farm’s new tube feeding syndrome, and stroke animals in the petting area.
Farm manager Robert Nicholson said Scanning Live was ‘something different’, adding: “We rigged up a big screen and hooked it up to the scanner so the public could see exactly what the scanner could see.”
The sheep will be featured in another lambing event at Cannon Hall on March 30, when the farm will stay open all night.