Thousands Flock to Easton Campus to see Baa Baa Land

28 February 2017

As the world geared up to watch the 89th annual Oscars ceremony, it was less La La Land and more Baa Baa land at a college in Norfolk this weekend.

Thousands came along to Easton and Otley to have a look around the college farm as part of a lambing weekend. (This was the eighth year that this event has taken place).

The occasion - that took place on the same weekend as the ‘old farm’ derby - had a football related competition.

The college itself named two lambs Bellamy and Warky after the Norwich City and Ipswich Town legends Craig Bellamy and John Wark.

Visitors were then asked to name a lamb after a legend and the winner (who will be drawn at random on 1 March 2017) will receive a football top relating to the team that they support.

Other attractions included sheepdog trials, highland calves, craft stalls and refreshments. Local businesses also supported the two day farming fest.

College spokesperson, John Nice, said, “We always have a theme to our lambing event. Two years ago we dyed our Norfolk Horn breed green and yellow and our Suffolk breed blue and white. Last year it was all about the Oscars and this year we combined the football and the Oscars, renaming the event Baa Baa Land in homage to the Oscar favourite, La La Land. We also got into the spirit of the football by naming two sheep after East Anglian football legends. All in all, the occasion was aimed at being a fun event for all the family where they could come and get a close up glimpse of new born lambs and farming in general. We would like to thank the local community for coming along to support us.”

Farm student, Elly Eddy, said, “The event was a real window into what farm life is all about. The experience of getting stuck in and seeing the new born lambs was the highlight for me.”

James Burman, another farming student at the college, said, “We had orphan lambs being fed and two new born Highland calves were on show. The best thing for me was seeing all the hard work come together.”

Charity Rose attended in 2016 and came along again this year. She said, “It’s lovely. My son loves animals and tractors so potentially we have a farmer of the future right here.”

Natalia Escalera from London, said, “This is my first time at this event. We came to see the baby lambs and they didn’t disappoint.”

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