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‘Stressed lambs’ means Lambing Sunday event is cancelled

One of the region’s most popular family events, Lambing Sunday at Bishop Burton College, which was due to take place this Sunday (March 11th), has been cancelled after the college’s flock of sheep were reported to be suffering “stress infections” blamed on the recent adverse weather conditions.

The college announced the cancellation on its website, saying: “The college has received veterinary advice to cancel the event after a number of lambs were identified as having a skin infection. This is believed to have been brought on by stress, caused by the recent adverse weather.

“The infection is relatively minor and common but the health of all our visitors, staff and students is of paramount importance so, regrettably, we have had to make this decision. Anyone who had pre-booked tickets, including for dining packages, will receive a refund in due course. Please note, this could take up to seven working days.”

Lambing Sunday, which is one of five events shortlisted for a Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Award at next week’s Visit Hull and East Yorkshire gala dinner, regularly attracts thousands of visitors to the Bishop Burton campus and gives the public the opportunity to pet new-born lambs and see the birth of new lambs up close.

In addition, the college usually hosts a number of other activities across its vast campus – from showjumping and horse petting, to farm machinery displays, pig unit tours and animal petting in the college’s animal management unit, there’s something to entertain all the family.