Newborn lambs are star attraction at Harrisville farm's Open Barn Day

By MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
February 25. 2018 9:44PM

Augustine Meehan, 8, of Peterborough holds a lamb during Open Barn Day at Wellscroft Farm in Harrisville on Saturday. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

HARRISVILLE — A sure sign that spring is just around the corner, newborn lambs were romping around Wellscroft Farm Saturday during Open Barn Day.

The Harrisville farm’s eighth annual Open Barn Day attracted about 100 people eager to see the nearly 200 lambs welcomed by the farm this lambing season.

Owner David Kennard bought the farm in 1973 and started raising lambs in 1975. Kennard said he began holding the Open Barn Day to educate the public about farming.

“We have Open Barn Day once a year to just teach kids, just so they understand … it’s good for people to learn a little bit about where their food comes from and understand,” Kennard said on Saturday. “We have a couple hundred lambs every year. We’ve had over 14,000 born here.”

The family friendly community event attracts about 100 people each year and offers people the chance to hold baby lambs and bottle feed them or meet one of the farm’s guard llamas. Wellscroft uses guard dogs and guard llamas to protect grazing sheep from predators.

The public can also sample Wellscroft’s “naturally raised” lamb sausage during the event. You can buy Wellscroft lamb meat and sausage on the farm and the Harrisville General Store, but the farm’s agricultural fencing business keeps Kennard from marketing the farms food products more.

“We’re known as the largest agricultural fencing business in New England,” Kennard said. “Because we’re so big with the fence business I don’t go to farmers markets. I don’t have the time.”

Saturday, Kennard also gave demonstrations with his border collies, which he uses to move the sheep around town for grazing throughout the year.

“There’s 300 animals and they are walking down the road with just dogs, loose,” Kennard said. “That’s how we move them. We move them two or three miles, with traffic.”


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