Six Ladlers Red Poll Calves have been born at Writtle University College's (WUC) well-established campus farm, with more expected over the next five weeks. By late March, the experienced staff, supported by WUC students, will have delivered around 20 calves and more than 200 lambs.
Ladlers Red Poll pedigree cattle, owned by James Rea, overwinter at WUC's Sturgeons Farm each year to help educate the next generation of farmers and benefit from the facilities and farm team's expertise. They spend the summer grazing at Hatfield Forest, a National Trust property with 500 acres of open ancient woodland that the cows and public thoroughly enjoy. James commented: "Thank you to Writtle's Farm Manager, India, for her hard work and dedication - she loves the cows! - and to the staff and students."
A sheep flock, consisting of North Country Mules and Suffolk Cross North Country Mules, remains at WUC all year round. The farm also includes Large White pigs and grows wheat, to create its own livestock bedding.
Farm manager, India Wellings, said: "Calving has got off to a strong start and we're looking forward to welcoming our lambs later in the month. This is a very exciting time for us. We're supporting calves, lambs and their mothers through the birthing process, and giving our students the chance to get hands on and see good practice in action."