Families flock to farm day

Published Thursday, 30th May 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Grayson Lockhart tries out a tractor for size
Grayson Lockhart tries out a tractor for size

More than 2,000 people flocked to the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College for a family fun open day.

Dog agility displays and demonstrations by Suco Sled Dogs pulled in the crowds, while children queued for pony rides provided by the 3Rs Horse Rescue Centre and tractor and trailer rides driven by students.

In addition, animal care students demonstrated their knowledge at small animal handling sessions and rural skills students sold plants they had grown from seed.

Riley McCubbin on a mini digger

Riley McCubbin on a mini digger

Visitors were also able to view a range of agriculture and forestry machinery loaned by dealers and manufacturers; try out a forestry simulator; watch chainsaw wood carver Sam Bowsher create a bear; and enjoy afternoon teas put on by the catering team. 

The event was held as part of Open Farm Sunday, with dairy products company Arla Foods offering tasters of yogurt, milk and espresso shots.

The money raised from car parking charges was split between local charities, South of Scotland Wildlife Hospital and Sports Driving Unlimited.

Nick Sparks, Dean of the South and West Faculty, said: “The day is designed to showcase all of our subjects and give visitors a flavour of what we have to offer, as well as providing a fun day out for visitors.

“A huge amount of work goes into the event and we would like to thank all the dealers, manufacturers and external businesses who gave up their time to provide displays, demonstrations and activities to make the day a success.

“There is a lot on offer for anyone considering a career in the land-based or animal care industries, with spaces still available on some courses.”

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