Easter at­trac­tions at Rare Breeds Cen­tre

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE MARKET PRICES -

NEW-BORN lambs are just one of the many high­lights of Easter Hol­i­days at The Rare Breeds Cen­tre, Wood­church.

Spokesman Nigel Collins said: “This year we’ve timed lamb­ing to co­in­cide with the Easter hol­i­days to give vis­i­tors a chance to meet and greet plenty in our gi­ant un­der­cover Lamb­ing Tun­nel.

“We are also re­ally ex­cited with the open­ing of our new walk-through aviary and our spe­cially built Easter Grotto where, af­ter do­ing the Farm Yard Easter Trail, chil­dren can meet the Gi­ant Chicken and get a free Easter choco­late.”

The se­ri­ous mes­sage of pre­serv­ing an­i­mals will be pro­moted. There will also be all the old favourites at the visi- tor at­trac­tion, in­clud­ing the two in­door play barns, the of­f­ground as­sault course, trailer rides, and the farm an­i­mals on the walk-through En­counter Pad­docks.

It will also see the start of the now fa­mous pig rac­ing sea­son on an im­proved rac­ing track.

All in­come from vis­its help fund the work of Can­ter­bury Oast Trust, which owns the cen­tre and pro­vides homes, care and oc­cu­pa­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for more than a hun­dred dis­abled adults.

The Rare Breeds Cen­tre is open ev­ery day over the Easter hol­i­days from 10.30am and full in­for­ma­tion can be found on the new web­site www.rarebreeds.org.uk or by call­ing 01233 861493.

Fin­ished Lambs - 31 Sold

Auc­tion­eer: El­wyn Davies 07710 803901 Re­port on trade: Ex­cep­tional trade for a small en­try of new sea­son lamb with sev­eral buy­ers keen to se­cure a few lamb for the Easter week­end. Top gross price was £79.80 for 39.5 kg Charol­lais from Mrs V Miles. Show Re­sults - 1st - 35kg @ £75 (214.28p) from D J Mor­phett; 2nd - 36kg @ £66.50 (184.72p) also from D J Mor­phett; 3rd - 32kg @ £61.50 (192.18p) Gra­ham Husk and 4th - 38kg @ £69.20 (184.100p) from J D Good­man. Thanks goes to Ja­son Ware­ham from Heath­field for judg­ing. New Sea­son Lamb av­er­ages - Pence per Kg Weight Range Num­ber Top Bot­tom Av­er­age Na­tional Av­er­ages Light 25.5 to 32 kgs 9 192.19 171.88 183.16 174.30 Stan­dard 32.1 to 39 kgs 17 214.29 182.11 194.34 155.10 Medium 39.1 to 45.5 kgs 5 202.03 122.30 167.06 133.82

Store Hoggets and Breed­ing Sheep - 497 Sold

Ex­ep­tional trade for store hoggets with Suf­folk x Mules top­ping the mar­ket at £49.50 from G Martin, Hamp­shire and an over­all av­er­age in ex­cess of £40. Other top prices in­clude Suf­folk x Mule £48.20 from W A Groom­bridge & Sons, £47.10 from S Hugget, Charol­lais Crosses to £45 from R Leblanc, Texel Crosses to £45.80 from Mrs C A Monk, £44.80 from A M Stick­les and then Rom­ney’s to £43.10 from R Rogers & Son. 12 ewes and sin­gle lambs made £63.

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