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Big turnout for family fun down on the farm.

Byline: Tom Dalby Reporter tom.dalby@ncjmedia.co.uk

VISITORS were in for a treat as adorable new-born lambs were shown o at the 2015 Lambing Watch event in Durham.

In blazing sunshine, the turnout was fantastic, with adults and children alike enjoying the animals and activities.

East Durham College's Houghall Campus hosted the event, held at Houghall farm.

Sta at the farm were helped by students on work experience from Durham College, who got a great Sta at the farm were helped by students on work experience from Durham College, who got a great chance to put their animal handling skills and knowledge to the test.

As well as the lambs there were a number of other attractions available, including tours around the small animal unit where the college keeps its impressive range of reptiles and small mammals.

ble, including tours around the small animal unit where the college keeps its impressive range of reptiles and small mammals.

'ere were also falconry displays, arts and crafts activities for the chil-'ere were also falconry displays, arts and crafts activities for the children, and plants sales.

Farm manager Keith Cook said: "Farm manager Keith Cook said: "'e event is a great opportunity to "'e event is a great opportunity to show what we are doing at Houghall Farm to meet the future needs of industry and equip our learners with the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of employers.

"We have loads of animals on show from the farm itself, and people are also able to go and have a look round our fantastic animal care facility too.

"We are very much looking at susthe tainability. 'e animals are all fed via crops grown here."

'e helping students displayed an e x c e l l e n t knowledge and ability in handling the lambs, and were quick to praise the experience.

Chloe Layton, 18, said: "I am hoping Ani-Chloe Layton, 18, said: "I am hoping to carry on at level 3 of my Animal Management course here.

ing to carry on at level 3 of my Animal Management course here.

"It's really hands-on and we all get "It's really hands-on and we all get stuck into the job."

stuck into the job."

" While there were no lambs bornprevious " While there were no lambs born on the day, three were born the previous night, and 200 are due over a six-week period.

six-week period.

Among the more conventional farm animals were some extremely farm animals were some extremely swift guests. Along with Glenn and Lady, Jesper was one of the three Harris hawks on display, and he wowed crowds with graceful and controlled ight.

and controlled ight.

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