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Scottish School Children Visit Early Lambing Farm

26 March 2015

SCOTLAND – Primary school children in Scotland have been learning about early lambing as part of a national farming certificate.

An Aberdeen farm hosted pupils from four schools on a National Certificate Agriculture course, organised by the Royal Northern Countryside Initiative (RNCI).

Eight new born lambs sired by a Zwarbtle were showcased in the early lambing trial which also served to teach Scotland’s Rural College students about mating, management, care and lambing.

“Our small flock of cross bred ewes at Craibstone has the Dorset breed in their ancestry,” said SRUC Course tutor, Dr Nick Prince. “Dorsets are renowned for the ability to have two crops of lambs in a twelve month period, something few other breeds are able to do.

“We thought we would see how strong the Dorset influence was in the flock by putting them to the tup in September, just as the students started their course.

“We hoped some might lamb in February, still in term time. As it turned out just 5 ewes got pregnant, but the whole process taught the students a lot.”

The purpose of the trial was not to teach about lambing early, but to get students learning about sheep management and care to maximise fertility, Dr Prince said.

The course, which invited children from Bramble Brae, Fisher moss, St Margaret’s and Dunnecht primary schools, is running to offer young people great understanding of how the countryside works, with a slant on local produce.

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