The National Trust reports son of RamCam born live on LambCam

A ewe that was tupped in a video made as part of the National Trust’s MyFarm* project has, nearly five months later, given birth on camera too.

The Portland ewe, unimaginatively named ‘3462’ after her tag number, shot to prominence after starring in MyFarm’s ‘RamCam’ video.

RamCam saw Peacland Paolo, a Portland ram, fitted with a horn-mounted webcam as he went out for the tupping season at Wimpole Home Farm, the home of MyFarm, last November.

In his first tup, Paolo took a special shine to experienced ewe number 3462, one of 30 ewes in his field for the tup. The video has been viewed more than 18,000 times on YouTube.

As the end of the 145-day gestation period drew nearer, the MyFarm team moved the ewe into a lambing pen fitted with another webcam.

On Sunday evening, viewers on the MyFarm website saw the as-yet unnamed ‘Son of RamCam’ born into the world.

MyFarm Project Manager, Andrew Cock-Starkey, said: “First RamCam and now LambCam have been great fun and we hope people have enjoyed watching them.

“Though it’s all done slightly tongue in cheek – and we’ve had lots of pun fun with titles like RamCam and EweTube – there is a serious message too.

“Carbon footprints, food miles and food provenance are becoming more and more important both to consumers and the industry.

“Most people have eaten lamb, still more will have heard of the lambing season at farms but I’d wager not many knew what the tupping season was.

“Through the MyFarm project we want to involve people in farming and where their food comes from.

“MyFarm members vote on key decisions that affect the future of the farm.

“If Paolo, ewe 3462 and their son help us teach people that British lamb born in the Spring is available to eat in Autumn, and not in the next few weeks as most people think, then they’ve done their job.”

The lamb’s birth was amongst the first at the home of MyFarm, Home Farm on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. It signals the start of the farm’s lambing season that starts on Saturday 17 March and runs through to Sunday 5 April. Home Farm is open to the public and is expecting around 40,000 visitors during the five week period.

Andrew Cock-Starkey added: “Lambing is a very busy but hugely enjoyable time on the farm and the farm staff work really hard to share the goings on with the public.

“It’s quite a magical thing to see a lamb that’s a few hours or even minutes old and lucky visitors may even see a birth for themselves.

“For those that don’t we suggest they keep an eye our MyFarm webcams. We’ve had pigs farrowing recently and even a rare Bagot goat having twin kids all live on camera.”

For more information on MyFarm visit www.my-farm.org.uk.

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Indianapolis To Be Site Of Premier Green Building And Sustainability Conference In May 2012

The Indiana Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is host for the 9th annual ‘Greening the Heartland’ Regional Conference (GTH2012) at the Indianapolis Convention Center from May 16th to 18th of this year. Over 1200 attendees from the 12 state Heartland Region are expected. Building industry professionals, business community leaders, nonprofit organizations, educators and students will be arriving in Indianapolis to collaborate on green building and sustainable growth. With a comprehensive format including keynote and break out education sessions, a large exhibit hall, along with various networking events, the 3 day program is anticipated to be one of the largest assemblies of green-minded professionals and citizens ever held in Indiana.

This year’s theme for GTH2012 Building Community is intended to emphasize the diversity of people, businesses, and municipalities coming together to share vision and solutions for sustainable Heartland communities in which to work, play, learn and live. The GTH2012 programming focus specifically explores the interdependent elements of true community sustainability as characterized by the conference tagline: watts, water, waste and wheels. “Whereas green building projects are ideal components of sustainable community design, their ultimate advantage relies on addressing critical pathways and infrastructure for clean energy, clean water, a sustainable means of arrival, and the efficient use of material resources while minimizing waste. GTH2012 attendees will gain a greater understanding of these concepts and similar environmental and economic trends of the maturing 21st century” said Mac Williams, Conference Co-Chair and Indiana Chapter Board member. The theme reflects bringing people together to share visions and solutions for sustainable communities in which we work, play, learn and live.

The conference brings nationally renowned keynote speakers Charles Fishman, journalist and author of ‘The Big Thirst’ and Jeremy Rifkin, economist/futurist and author of ‘The Third Industrial Revolution’. A final keynote presentation will feature the new Wishard/Eskenazi Health hospital project in Indianapolis now pursuing LEED® Silver certification making it one of the greenest hospital facilities in the nation. Multi track educational sessions featuring more than forty additional speakers offer continuing education units for interested professionals. USGBC Indiana is especially excited to hold this conference in downtown Indianapolis following the urban success story of SB2012. Plans are underway to feature some of the greening efforts of that event including the design of the SB Village and legacy projects. In addition, tour access and information will be presented on key LEED® certified buildings within Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.greeningtheheartland.org or email at info@greeningtheheartland.org.

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