On Friday 22 March, nine members of the Merchiston Young Farmers Club made a trip to Carsewell Farm. At the farm, we were greeted by the farmer and his wife. We then went down to the sheds and bedded the pens ready for the cows in calf to come in. After that, the group asked some questions to the farmer about his farm and how he runs it. We then went on to plant a hedge. We were told how to plant the hedge saplings and how the hedge would benefit the farm, for example, it would provide habitats for birds and wildlife and it would also shelter the sheep on a cold and windy day. After an hour of hard work, the group split into two smaller groups. One half went to bottle-feed the pet lambs and the other half stayed to get the rest of the hedge finished. Once the hedge was done, the two groups joined back together to get on the bus and head back to School. The boys had a good afternoon out of School and we all learned a few things that we didn't know before.
Gordie S, IV Form
Last week, the boys in Young Farmers were lucky enough to visit Carsewell Farm, near Penicuik. John and his wife, Mary Jane, put them to work and they loved every second. They started the afternoon by bedding the sheds for the calving cows. There was a cow about to calf as the boys arrived, which caused much excitement. This task involved lots of enthusiasm as huge bales were cut open and straw was strewn everywhere. They then went and planted a new hedge. The afternoon was finished with some bottle feeding of the pet lambs (taken from their mothers if they are born into triplets). The boys loved being outside, getting stuck in and having cuddles with the animals. The little grey faced lamb here is called Posie but the working dogs, Sandy, Daisy, Peg and Star got plenty of attention too. A fabulous afternoon and hopefully one of many.