Visitors flock to enjoy live lambing

David Nicholson at Cannon Hall Farm with some of the lambs born overnight
David Nicholson at Cannon Hall Farm with some of the lambs born overnight
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EWE have got to be dedicated to help hundreds of sheep give birth in just a few days.

And it is all hands on deck for lambing season at one South Yorkshire farm which got off to an action-packed start with 22 births in just one day.

Visitors to Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley were able to watch the lambing live, with some families even staying through the night.

About 200 ewes are due to give birth in the next few days.

Robert Nicholson, a director at the farm, said: “They are streaming in at the moment!

“We start off Easter with this lambing live event and it gives everything a nice impetus.

“On the first night some people stayed right through – that was incredible.

“In those 24 hours, we had 22 sheep give birth.

“The majority of them will be born in the next week to 10 days, although there will be some stragglers.”

All staff at the farm pull together to get through lambing season.

Richard and his father lead night lambing with another half a dozen staff helping in the day.

Lucky sets of triplets have already made an appearance.

Richard said: “The last two births we had were both triplets, we are averaging two. For every single lamb born we are getting a set of triplets as well.

“It’s all set up for a really good week. This time last week I was fairly despondent because of the weather. When you’ve got six inches of snow it makes things more difficult.”

The farm hosts family fun – including sheep racing and Easter egg trails – throughout the school holidays.