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Lambing Weekender!

New for 2020 ,  this is an opportunity to spend 3 days (2 nights) here at Aberhyddnant Organic farm during our busy lambing season. You will experience the magic of a 200 acre Organic hill farm at lambing time.

 

If you have ever wanted to get immersed and hands on and find out what really happens during lambing time then this is perfect for you.  You will learn a range of diverse skills and experience first hand lambs being born in our fields and how to look after orphan lambs. (Those who are squeamish please be warned, blood and death are sadly inevitable during lambing time).

 24th - 26th April 2020 - Arrival after 4pm Friday 24th, departure approx 4pm Sunday 26th

The Experience:

This experience is suitable for complete beginners – no previous stock handling experience is required – with a keen interest into what really happens at lambing time. It is also an informative course for sheep keepers with smaller flocks and limited experience who are looking to learn more about lambing time. 

You will join Nicola and Paul during the day and get hands-on learning all about the different aspects of lambing outdoors. The informal, action packed day will include us sharing how we farm here at Aberhyddnant and why we chose to lamb outdoors, then you will have a chance to put our theory into practice out on the farm whilst enjoying the stunning views across the Brecon Beacons. 


We have approximately 350 ewes here at Aberhyddnant and during your experience day we will cover the full lambing cycle, caring for pregnant sheep, recognising labour, common problems and the everyday tasks at lambing time. 

There will also be time in the nursery where you will find any new mums and lambs that have had problems during or after lambing and orphaned lambs who need bottle feeding (and cuddles!).


The schedule of the weekend will be flexible around what is happening out in the fields at the time. You will also have an opportunity to see and care for the other animals on the farm and collect some fee range eggs from our Organic chickens to take home with you. Whilst you are here you will have plenty of opportunities to ask any questions about organic farming, sheep, our alternative energy initiatives or anything else. 

You will also have the option to take our trekking sheep for a walk through the lambing fields.

Accommodation:

Accommodation is provided on the farm in our beautiful holiday cottage, Bryniau Pell. Double room with ensuite (additional £30) - perfect for couples

Twin room x2 - excellent for friends so you can chat about your adventures from the day.

Single room

All bedrooms have lockable doors. You will share living spaces (although we will be outside for most of the time).

Food:

Evening meal - Friday evening a three course farmhouse dinner will be provided.  Saturday evening we will eat out at a local pub (drinks not included in price)

Breakfast - (Saturday/Sunday) A breakfast hamper full of delicious local delicacies will be provided to eat at your leisure.

Lunch - (Saturday/Sunday) A two course farmhouse lunch  is provided.

 

Refreshments are available throughout the day. 


Spaces are limited which ensures that you get the best hands on lambing experience possible as well as ensuring the well-being of the sheep.

 24th- 26th April 2020 -

Arrival after 4pm Friday 24th, departure approx 4pm Sunday 26th

Price from £350 

Please email info@sheeptrekking.co.uk to find out more and book.

Need to Know

  • Anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or has a partner who is expecting, should read the following health guidelines from the NHS. It is recommended that you do not visit us during lambing time - https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/pregnancy/why-should-pregnant-women-avoid-sheep-during-the-lambing-season/

  • Due to the nature of this experience it is real life and there will probably be a few moments that are best avoided by the squeamish.

  • We have scheduled our experience dates to give you the best chance of witnessing a birth, but lambing is an unpredictable business and we cannot guarantee it.

  • You will need to be happy to wear old clothes and get dirty – we recommend over trousers. (Kneeling in sheep poo or cuddling a lamb is virtually guaranteed).

  • Wellies or walking shoes are recommended, wellies are preferable during wetter months as we will be walking around the farm crossing streams on potentially muddy terrain.

  • If you would like to get hands on we ask that you have short fingernails. We reserve the right to protect the sheep’s welfare at all times.

  • All experience days are photographed and videoed, booking for this experience will be taken as informed consent in advance. These photographs will be forwarded to you as a memento of your experience. Please let us know if you would prefer not to be photographed.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • To ensure the well-being and welfare of the sheep and the quality of the experience the group sizes are kept small therefore unfortunately we do not allow bystanders on the experience.

  • Experiences start at 10am and last approximately 4-5 hours depending on activities.

  • Please note that there are friendly dogs on the farm. Your own dogs are sadly not welcome for this experience due to the possible stress levels for the sheep.

  • The experience is conducted with small groups so early booking is advisable if you have a particular date in mind.

  • Undated gift certificates are also available in our shop.

  • Please see our terms and conditions. By booking this experience you are agreeing to the terms and conditions. 

Book Now

The experience is conducted with small groups so early booking is advisable if you have a particular date in mind.

To guarantee your experience in 2020 buy your gift certificate NOW! 

Undated gift certificates are also available in our shop.  

Aberhyddnant Organic Farm,

Crai,

Brecon,

LD3 8YS

 

​Telephone : 01874 636 797

Email: info@sheeptrekking.co.uk

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