Charity set to benefit from lambing open day
PUBLISHED: 13:36 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:36 18 March 2014
An East Sussex farmer will be giving people the opportunity to feed lambs, meet baby calves, learn how to milk, hunt for Easter eggs and taste local produce at a lambing open day next month.
Two huge Easter eggs are also being raffled to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support at the event on 5th and 6th April from 10am to 2:30pm at Little Tottingworth Farm, Broad Oak, Heathfield TN21 8TH www.tottingworth.co.uk
Farm owner and organiser Sarah Wareham said: “This year we’re expecting 270 ewes to lamb from a variety of different breeds. Our lambing open days are a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about farming and where their food comes from. We’re also really pleased to be raising money for charity this year and are aiming to make the event bigger and better than ever. There will even be a life-sized imitation cow so people can learn how to milk and a bouncy castle.”
A variety of food will be available to taste and buy including freshly made cakes and sausages, bacon, beef and pork rolls from the BBQ. The Tottingworth farm shop, which sells a wide range of local produce, will also be open. Entrance fee is £2.50 per person and children under three are free.
Tottingworth Farm is a traditional, family-run farm in the heart of the beautiful High Weald of Sussex. It covers 200 acres of permanent pasture and ancient woodland and supports herds of award-winning Limousin, British Blue and Galloway cattle together with a large flock of sheep.
The farm was originally purchased in 1957 by Dennis and Ruby Browning and today, some 50 years later, it is still in the same family and now run by their granddaughter Sarah Wareham who is assisted by her brother Michael.
What makes Tottingworth so special is the small abattoir that is in the middle of the farm and is central to the operation. Despite competition from the large multi-national corporations, the abattoir remains a success and still operates to serve the farming community throughout the South East. More recently, a full butchery operation has been added to the site, which means Tottingworth can supply its customers - whether they are farmers selling direct, catering, retail or wholesale customers - with exactly the cuts, packaging and quantitiesthey require.