STUDENTS are campaigning to give three, hand-reared lambs a permanent home at Wigfield Farm.

The animal management students at the farm, part of Barnsley College, are trying to persuade tutors to let them keep the lambs, rather than sending them off to market.

Student Emma Pitcher, 25, said Alfie, Kevin and Nigel, had struck a chord with classmates.

"One of them was rejected by its mum and the mum of the other two died, so they've been hand-reared from birth.

"We thought we might be able to keep them if we can raise enough money to cover costs of looking after them. They won't stay lambs very long, but we thought maybe they could be used in education. The decision is down to the tutors and farm staff."

The students have started a petition to save the lambs as - because they are male - they won't be kept for breeding and would usually go to market.

Wigfield Farm manager, Les Helliwell, said: "Wigfield Farm operates in the same way as all other working farms throughout the country and provides our students with real-life work experience.

"Male lambs are kept for eight to 12 months before being sold to other farms to be reared while some female lambs are kept for breeding.

"Any hand reared lambs are integrated into the flock before being sold."