Over 150 S2 students from Berwickshire High School and Jedburgh Grammar Campus thoroughly enjoyed their Estate experience day at the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream earlier this month.

Over the day the children learned from various experts about all aspects of where, why, and how their food is produced.

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Neil Thomson (local farmer) and Matty Douglas (Thomas Sherriff & Co) talked about precision farming with an impressive demonstration of machinery and how technology is used in the field.

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The Estate gamekeeper explained about his role on the estate and demonstrated and taught the children (if they wanted to) how to remove the breasts from pheasants.

Field to Fork taught the children how to make bread and also had breaded pheasant goujons for them to taste. And The Tweed Foundation explained about the life within the river.

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Fountains Forestry UK Ltd told the children about the all forestry work they do on the estate, in particular the extra work involved since storm Arwen.

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Alan Telford showed his beautiful Douglas Fold highland cattle. And the children were able to feed Catriona, the matriarch of the herd and be closer to these giant animals than they’ve most probably ever been before.

They also learned about the different cuts of beef on the animal. Organisers thanked the Scottish Government for funding this event.

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The event took place with the kind permission of the Douglas & Angus Estate and Lord Home. RHET are a Scottish charity who organise school trips, classroom speakers and early years boxes to nursery, primary and secondary schools. Currently all buses to farm visits are fully funded following a generous donation towards transport costs from Borders Machinery Ring and support from A Hume outfitters.