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Schoolchildren fascinated by farming and forestry

Around 200 primary school children from six schools in the north east of Scotland spent an exciting day at Home farm, Cullen last week, where staff from Seafield and Strathspey Estates explained the work they do with farming and forestry, including arable, livestock, deer, woodlands and wild birds, and allowed the curious kids to enjoy a hands-on experience with the equipment.

The Estate showed them state-of-the-art machinery including a tractor with GPS control and a brand new combine harvester delivered the previous day, which the pupils were keen to examine close up. Farming staff from Old Cullen Farms assisted by estate tenants and SAC demonstrated a crop sprayer, ploughing and a quad bike fitted with GPS technology. The youngsters were also taken into the fields to see the growth of spring and winter barley, oilseed rape, and were introduced to some farm livestock. The forestry harvesting machine, which cuts trees, strips the branches from them and cuts the trunks into logs, was a big attraction.

The day, which was organised by the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative and sponsored by the Mains of Loriston Charitable trust, Seafield Veterinary Group and Aberdeenshire Council, was voted a huge success, with the youngsters enjoying themselves thoroughly. At the end of the day the children took home goody bags filled with freshly harvested vegetables as well as a better understanding of rural life.


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