Lambing 24th March

Opening the gates to our working farm for our annual fundraising festival!

Each year Earth Trust invites you behind the scenes of our working farm. The Lambing Weekends are your opportunity to explore the farmyard and meet some of our Farm Step tenants and their animals – including newborn lambs, piglets and goats! All the farmers will be on hand to introduce you to their animals and tell you more about the life of a shepherd, pig farmer and goat cheesemaker.

But that’s not all! There’ll also be…

  • Bale climbing (bigger and better than ever!)
  • Tractor and trailer rides
  • Children’s activities

Refreshments available from Poem Tree Café and the Emma’s Ewesful Acres BBQ.

By coming to a Lambing Weekend, you not only get a fantastic day out on the Earth Trust Farm, you also help fund the charity caring for this landscape. Each visitor we welcome during our Lambing Festival helps fund our work connecting people with nature and protecting much loved green spaces. Every penny we raise goes back into providing access and caring for the countryside – thank you for supporting us!


Health & Safety

We want everyone to have a fantastic day out but please remember this is a working farm. The advice given here and on site aims to ensure you have a safe visit to the Earth Trust Farm.

Please wash your hands!

During lambing it is inevitable that the lambing sheds will contain dung, urine and amniotic fluid which can contain disease causing organisms. Personal hygiene is therefore vitally important. Hand washing facilities are available in the farmyard, in the outside toilets by the Centre and in the toilets in Fison Barn.

Please remember to wash your hands after:

  • Visiting the lambing sheds
  • Coming into contact with any of the other animals in the farmyard
  • Climbing on the bales

In addition please clean your shoes, wellies or wheels if they become soiled and make sure you walk/wheel over the disinfectant mat when entering and leaving the lambing shed.

We are advising pregnant women or those who are immunocompromised not to enter the lambing sheds.

Pregnant women

Some infections can be passed from ewes to pregnant women:

  • Chlamydiosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Q fever

If a pregnant woman becomes infected it could harm her and her baby’s health therefore pregnant women are advised to avoid contact with newborn lambs or afterbirth and avoid handling clothing, boots or anything that has been in contact with ewes, lambs or afterbirth. We advise they do not enter the lambing sheds. Please ensure your family and other members of your group wash their hands thoroughly.

Other advice

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted to accompany you to any Earth Trust event, except for assistance dogs. Any visitors arriving with dogs will be asked to walk them elsewhere or return them to the car – please ensure your car does not get too hot.

Children should be supervised at all times, particularly on the bale climbing area.

No smoking or vaping except in the designated area.

If you become ill with an upset stomach within two weeks of attending a farm-based event please contact your GP or NHS Direct.

Schmallenberg Virus

Schmallenberg virus is a livestock disease detected in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. The virus was originally transmitted by midges that were either blown over or imported on animals from mainland Europe during the summer of 2011. Despite a lull after the initial outbreak, cases of the disease reappeared in 2016-17.

Ewes affected by the virus are not ill and have no symptoms – the virus only affects the unborn lambs, causing abnormalities.

A Europe-wide risk assessment has concluded that the Schmallenberg virus is very unlikely to cause illness in people. However, Earth Trust strongly advises against pregnant woman entering the lambing sheds or their vicinity to minimise contact with animals, such as ewes, lambs and other general livestock that might be in or around the lambing sheds, that could carry infections, not just Schmallenberg. Although the Schmallenberg virus specifically poses minimal risk to humans, the risks of other infections remains – for more information, see here. We will also be encourage a number of health and safety measures such as hand washing after visiting the lambing sheds.

For further information on the Schmallenberg virus, please see this NHS article.

For further information regarding pregnant women and livestock, please see this government advice.

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