Crowds Flock to SRUC Barony Campus Open Day

Published Thursday, 29th May 2014 in Study at SRUC news

Reece and Keira Williamson - Barony Open Day

Over 2,500 visitors ignored predicted rain and voted the Barony Open Day (Sunday 25 May) an outstanding success.

Despite the gloomy forecast the rain stayed away and the crowds attending the Barony Campus of Scotland’s Rural College took the opportunity to see the unique facilities that students use at the campus and get advice on careers in the land-based industries.

For the rest it was a chance to enjoy delicious teas served in the Barony dining room and watch displays and activities which this year included tractor and trailer rides, snake handling, small animal handling, bird ringing, beekeeping, mini diggers and a sand pit, plant sales and displays of machinery, most of which are generously supplied by local manufacturers and dealers.

The Barony Open Day has grown enormously since it began many years ago as an information event for potential students. It has now become an established part of the region’s event calendar. Barony Dean and Senior Tutor Drew Easton said:

“We were very pleased to welcome such a big crowd again, with both new visitors and people who come back year after year. It’s all about giving families and people of all ages a good day out, and hopefully we achieved that.”

Equine and dog agility displays wowed the crowds, and the pony rides offered by Lochhill Equestrian were kept busy from start to finish. Motocross demonstrations were provided by experienced riders and there was a chance to try out forestry machinery simulators before seeing the impressive machines in the flesh.

The Barony Veterinary Nursing department offered Pet health checks and “Ask the Expert” stations, while the event parking fees raised money for the South of Scotland Wildlife Hospital, which is housed on the Campus. Meanwhile the farm had an impressive range of sheep on display, with many different breeds including the Dutch Zwartbles from Colin Rae. There were Alpacas supplied by Gilmour Bank and a Highland cow with her eight day old calf provided by Dougie Fountain.

Photo caption: Reece and Keira Williamson from Dumfries.

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