Dave Finkle with fluorescent sheep

Article by Ongar Gazette: Orphan lambs at Barleylands in Billericay have been given a dazzling pumpkin-themed makeover in time for Hallowe'en.

The fluorescent flock will make its starring appearance when the farm hosts its PumpkinFest from Monday, October 26 to Friday, October 30.

Dave Finkle, 36, farm manager at Barleylands, and holder of two Guinness World Records in pumpkin carving, said:

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Dave"]The lambs have been giving one another some slightly confused looks. But people will love it. They're bound to cause many laughs.[/quote]

It took an entire day of spraying, and nearly 50 pots of organic dye, but the lambs are fully prepared for their Halloween debut, where children will be able to bottle feed them indoors.

Visitors will receive a free pumpkin at PumpkinFest and can take part in a number of activities from pumpkin carving to 'dead-pin' bowling.

The animals will also be feeding from hollowed-out pumpkins rather than their regular food troughs during the event.

Barleylands is well known for its famous flock of sheep, already hosting an annual Lamb National, which has featured notable talent such as Jenson Mutton and Ewesain Bolt.

Mr Finkle emphasised how fun the event would be but also highlighted it was a great opportunity for children to learn more about the animals.

[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Dave"]We want people to come to Barleylands for memories and have a great time but we also like to be educational.[/quote]

Article by Ongar Gazette

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