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Bigger, Better, Beefier Farm Open Day - SRUC Oatridge Campus Welcomes Visitors

Published Wednesday, 16th April 2014 in SAC Consulting news

Dancing Cows - Oatridge Farm Open Day

The Oatridge Campus of Scotland’s Rural College, in collaboration with Rural Connect are throwing open the gates again for the 2014 Farm Open Day!

The day was a huge success last year with over 1500 visitors and this year they are beefing up the day to encourage more visitors to come and see how farms really work!

Visitors are invited to come along on Sunday 4 May, between 12pm and 4pm to meet the lambs and calves, find out how food really gets from farm to fork, and discover the many traditional skills still used by farmers today, including sheep shearing. Demonstrations this year include machinery field displays, wool spinning, farriery demonstrations, and you can get involved and try your hand at milking with Charlotte the Milking Cow at the Royal Highland Education Trust stand.

The Rural Connect Project is supported for two years by the EU’s LEADER initiative, along with SRUC and Heritage Lottery Funding and aims to reconnect people in West Lothian to the rural environment. The Farm Open Day is a key part of their ‘I Love Rural West Lothian’ campaign, promoting rural West Lothian as a place to live, work and play.

On the farm visitors can check out the machines used to work the land and see how much they have changed compared to the vintage machinery (a new display for this year) you can see machines in action during the machinery field displays! Visitors can jump on a trailer and take a ride around the wider estate, then get hands-on in the Nature Zone. There will also be a chance to check out other rural skills such as chainsaw carving, bird ringing and horse logging.

Locally sourced food will be for sale, along with other produce from West Lothian and wider Scotland in the Mini Farmers Market, another new addition for this year! There will also be opportunities to explore the stands and stalls to discover the wide range of organisations and groups who work in the rural environment. You can find out how you can get involved with and what else is going on in the local area.

The day will no doubt inspire many to find out more about rural careers or training and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask students about rural courses, and see the range of rural career possibilities.

Jemma Black, Rural Connect project worker, said: “The Farm Open Day last year was a great day, it was really encouraging to see so many people coming along to the farm, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. This year we have added more hands on activities, and some bigger demonstrations, so you can really see the work that goes into getting our food to our plates!”

Come along and see for yourself how modern farming really works, get hands on with our fun activities and enjoy a great day out. Check out the Rural Connect website for more information, or contact Emilia Barrero, Marketing Officer, SRUC Oatridge, 01506 864 800 or at Emilia.Barrero@sruc.ac.uk.

Oatridge Farm Open Day

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