Live action in Reaseheath College’s lambing sheds has been filmed for the BBC’s popular Countryfile series.
The Nantwich college attracted a record 5,000 visitors when it opened its sheep unit and zoo to the public for two weekends earlier this month. One of the final visitors was Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, who joined students as they delivered lambs and cared for the ewes and their newborns.
The Countryfile programme, scheduled for Sunday April 7, will show third year Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture student Jess Bowyer mentoring first year student Emma Hanselman during a practical lamb health assessment.
Two other Level 3 students, Nick Greaves and Emily Costello, were also filmed talking about their hopes for the future. Nick has a farming background while Emily was new to the industry when she joined Reaseheath.
There was plenty of action during the filming, with one ewe producing triplets right on time for the film crew. Course Manager Richard Wheeldon was able to take his student group through the birth process and through the after care of the ewe and her lambs.
Reaseheath College has 550 North Country ewes lambing over five weeks, producing around 1,100 lambs. As well as encouraging families to watch and learn about a fascinating natural event, the lambing period has given students the opportunity for paid work experience.
Four students, Foundation Degree in Agriculture students Chris Inman and Lewis Harding and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students Ollie Bagley and Jack Garner have taken on supervisory roles in the lambing sheds between 5pm and 10pm until night shepherd Simon Baskerville comes on duty.
This has given the students the opportunity to gain managerial experience which is a useful addition to their CV. Simon, a former Reaseheath agriculture student who is now self employed, leads the student team through the night until the 7am changeover.
Adam said: “These students are doing a wonderful job working round the clock to ensure that these lambs get the best possible start in life.
“One of the great things about Reaseheath is that it gives its students real life experiences which makes them more attractive to employers. These young people will leave college with skills which should lead to good careers working in an industry which they enjoy.
“Hopefully our filming for Countryfile will show viewers some of the responsibilities of being a farmer, and just how rewarding the job can be.”
To find out more about studying Agriculture at Reaseheath visit the Agriculture pages of our website.
Main image: Adam Henson introduces Countryfile from Reaseheath’s lambing sheds