Lambing Health and Safety Information

If you're coming along to our Lambing Weekends (17th-18th and 24th-25th March), please read the following information.

Important Health & Safety Information

We want everyone to have a fantastic day out but please remember this is a working farm. The advice given here and on site aims to ensure you have a safe visit to the Earth Trust Farm.

Please wash your hands!

During lambing it is inevitable that the lambing sheds will contain dung, urine and amniotic fluid which can contain disease causing organisms. Personal hygiene is therefore vitally important. Hand washing facilities are available in the farmyard, in the outside toilets by the Centre and in the toilets in Fison Barn.

Please remember to wash your hands after:

  • Visiting the lambing sheds
  • Coming into contact with any of the other animals in the farmyard
  • Climbing on the bales

In addition please clean your shoes, wellies or wheels if they become soiled and make sure you walk/wheel over the disinfectant mat when entering and leaving the lambing shed.

We are advising pregnant women or those who are immunocompromised not to enter the lambing sheds.

Pregnant women

Some infections can be passed from ewes to pregnant women:

  • Chlamydiosis
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Q fever

If a pregnant woman becomes infected it could harm her and her baby's health therefore pregnant women are advised to avoid contact with newborn lambs or afterbirth and avoid handling clothing, boots or anything that has been in contact with ewes, lambs or afterbirth. We advise they do not enter the lambing sheds. Please ensure your family and other members of your group wash their hands thoroughly.

Other advice

Unfortunately dogs are not permitted to accompany you to any Earth Trust event, except for assistance dogs. Any visitors arriving with dogs will be asked to walk them elsewhere or return them to the car - please ensure your car does not get too hot.

Children should be supervised at all times, particularly on the bale climbing area.

No smoking or vaping except in the designated area.

If you become ill with an upset stomach within two weeks of attending a farm-based event please contact your GP or NHS Direct.