Lambing season in full flow on Banburyshire farm

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-173808009
Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-173808009

The daffodils are out, birds are nesting and that means lambing time on Banburyshire’s livestock farms.

At Broughton Grounds Farm, near North Newington – a mixed arable and livestock farm – Andrew Taylor and his son James have been ensuring that their ewes give birth safely, night and day.

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-173708009

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-173708009

“It’s a busy time of year. Next month the public will be able to come to the farm to see the lambs close up and handle the young animals if they wish,” said Mr Taylor.

“We will be holding an open day on Saturday, April 9. The barns will be open to visitors and there will be tea and refreshments. People should bring wellington boots or some washable footwear.”

Proceeds from the refreshments will go to Katharine House Hospice in memory of Broughton villager Michael O’Dea, an active churchgoer and community worker who was cared for at the hospice up until his death in December.

Broughton Grounds Farm has been running open days for four years. They include a summer event to allow people to see how the food they buy in the shops gets produced.

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-174216009

Farmer, Andy Taylor, from North Newington. Week-old lambs. NNL-160103-174216009

“We like people to see where their food comes from,” said Mr Taylor.