Three orphan spring lambs are teaching pupils at Hagley Farm School about the demanding nature of newborn care.
Lambing season is underway in Tasmania with the arrival of spring, and the school has found a way to educate its pupils about caring for young animals after three lambs came into their care.
A male and two female lambs are being looked after at Hagley school farm, with pupils responsible for their care.
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Grade 5 pupil Damian Brown is one of the pupils who has been caring for the lambs and is on feed duty.
“I have to come to feed them five times a day, nearly every day,” he said.
Mr Brown mixes up the lamb formula five times a day, four days a week, as part of a rotating roster of pupils.
He said he enjoyed learning about their care and their needs. However, the boisterous babies did need special handling.
“They do see us coming, so they will run up to the gate,” he said.
“And the girls, you have to have a good grip on them, or they will kick to try and get away.” Lambing season has been a good one for Hagley’s school farm, visitor centre teacher Scott Watson said.
Mr Watson said the school usually did end up with orphans in its care, depending on how many twins and triplets were born at the farm. Mr Watson said the season had been quite good this year, and there was plenty of feed in store to help the flock with the extra mouths. Grade 6 pupils Lily Brown and Aspen Powers have been assisting in monitoring the lambs’ progress – by weighing and measuring them as they grow.