The sun shone over more than 2500 visitors who attended Sunday's open day at the Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).
The day was a roaring
success allowing the public to get up close to agriculture, and learn from SRUC
students who were on hand for demonstrations and to answer questions.
were delighted to see such large numbers turn out on the day, reinforcing the
fact that the annual event has continued to grow since its establishment four
years ago and has quickly become an anticipated fixture in the local area.
Campus grounds some visitors gathered to see the alpacas, donkeys and hold the
lambs - while others appreciated the skills of students at sheep shearing.
department organised pony rides that proved to be exceptionally popular at the
Scottish National Equestrian Centre (SNEC) which is part of the Campus
Earle-Payne, Agriculture Team Leader at Oatridge, said: “We were very pleased
to see so many families enjoying the activities organised by staff, students
and external suppliers. The event showcased many of the subjects that are
taught at the Campus, from agriculture to horticulture and horse care.”
there were tractor and trailer rides and the opportunity to sit on agricultural
machinery, while the chance to get hands on and milk Charlotte the model cow
under the guidance of the Royal Highland Education Trust was very much in
demand and a popular highlight for many.
the programme also offered visitors the ability to experience vintage
agriculture thanks to a pair of working Clydesdale horses demonstrating
traditional farming methods. These majestic animals ploughed the field under
the expert guidance of their handlers who were on hand to discuss working with
areas were bursting with families sampling burgers supplied by a well-known
butcher or simply taking a rest before the next activity. The sheep dog display
wowed the crowds, as did the demonstration of horses being shod by the local
farrier who started his studies at Oatridge, helped by the current Forgework
horticulture team organised a plant sale - which included examples of the
species used by students in their projects.
Earle-Payne added: “On the day course advice was at hand, and staff discussed
with visitors details about engineering, countryside management courses and the
other subjects featured in our prospectus.
“There is a
lot on offer for anyone considering a career in the land-based industries.
Potential students can still apply for courses for the few remaining spaces
available in courses now via our website www.sruc.ac.uk.
also like to take this opportunity to thank our neighbours in Ecclesmachan,
where the campus is based, for their support facilitating the traffic, and to
all our visitors to the open day for giving us an opportunity to offer them a
taster of what SRUC and the Oatridge campus are all about”.
Caption: Up close with a combine harvester – Scott Campbell and his daughter
are dwarfed by the giant machine at Oatridge Campus Open Day.