2nd February 2004

 

SPRING COMES EARLY TO RISEHOLME

PICTURE OPPORTUNITY

 

Spring is bursting out all over at Riseholme Park where the new herd of cows and the new flock of lambs have both produced young in the past week.

 

Six Lincoln Red heifers and four cows have recently joined a newly purchased sheep flock in providing a diverse farm animal resource for academic staff and students.

 

The birth of two calves and a pair of lambs has added to the increasing number of farm animals at the Lincolnshire School of Agriculture.

 

The cows have been purchased from the well known Anwick herd established by the late Mr Lol Bembridge.

 

“We are delighted to see the return of the Lincoln Reds to Riseholme after being absent from the farm for 40 years,” said Tony Wright, Riseholme Park Farms Manager.

 

“They will form the nucleus of a pedigree herd of Lincoln Reds which is to be established at Riseholme over the coming months.

 

“Mr Bembridge’s step-grandson and Riseholme graduate Tom Gilbert is delighted to be able to supply animals to begin the Riseholme herd.”

 

Tom graduated from the university in 1993 with a National Diploma in Agriculture.

 

Lincoln Reds are renowned for their ease of calving and excellent mothering instinct and unlike many of the continental breeds they can be reared naturally off grass.

 

The flock of Lleyn sheep, which was established last year at Riseholme Park, has its origins in Lleyn peninsula on the northern coast of Wales.

 

The popular breed was chosen because its medium size and quiet nature makes it an excellent animal for student practical sessions.

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