Teenagers at a city school swapped their books for bottles after working through the night to help deliver and care for newborn lambs.
Three Royal School for the Deaf students are studying agriculture at the Broomfield campus of Derby College and as part of their course they helped out with lambing on Top Farm, located at the college.
As well as working on a rota basis to ensure lambing is covered day and night, the students have learned other duties including shearing, muck spreading and tending to livestock.
The farm has a local Derbyshire breed of sheep called Gritstones, as well as Lleyns, which is a Welsh breed, and Suffolk sheep.
Post-16 Teacher Esther Merriman said: “The lambs are cade lambs, which mean they are bottle fed, so they are more confident around humans.
“We currently have three students studying agriculture and lambing has been a real experience for them. They have learned about tupping, pregnancy, lambing and weaning – I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for the fainthearted.
“But the students took it completely in their stride and we are all very proud of them.”
Another student at the school, 19-year-old Kelly Newell, has started working on her level 3 Agriculture and recently travelled to the Czech Republic as part of her studies.
She went with a group of hearing students, with Esther as her interpreter, and spent four days in the country’s second biggest city, Brno.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Zetor Tractor Factory where the students looked around the museum and drove £65,000 brand new tractors around a test track.
Esther added: “The test track was a bit like Top Gear! I had a go too, it was great fun. We also visited two different farms and spent a day sightseeing before flying back to the UK. All level 3 students have the opportunity to go on the annual trip if they want to.
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