Cambridge farm welcomes a host of piglets, lambs and calves

Agricultural director Linda Kirby with one of the orphan lambs

Agricultural director Linda Kirby with one of the orphan lambs - Credit: Archant

A CAMBRIDGE farm has welcomed a host of new arrivals this spring.

Agricultural director Linda Kirby with one of the 50 piglets born after artificial insemination.

Agricultural director Linda Kirby with one of the 50 piglets born after artificial insemination. - Credit: Archant

Woodside Farm, part of the College of West Anglia campus, has witnessed the birth of 50 piglets through artificial insemination.

Level 2 agriculture student Jamie Chapman, 18, from Hadenham, tends to one of the new calves as it l

Level 2 agriculture student Jamie Chapman, 18, from Hadenham, tends to one of the new calves as it learns to feed. - Credit: Archant

Other new arrivals at the 140-acre farm are seven orphan lambs which have been brought there from the farm run by the family of Woodside staff member Fran Cook.

They have been joined by eight calves which were bought from auction at a sale in Market Drayton, Shropshire.

Linda Kirby, agricultural director, said: “With piglets, lambs and calves at the farm, it greatly increases the opportunities for hands-on experience for students, in terms of caring, feeding, food preparation and so on.


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“And it presents the chance for those studying animal care and veterinary nursing elsewhere on the campus to expand their experience by working with farm animals.”

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