PER­FECT TIM­ING: Young Farm­ers watch Orla’s ar­rival

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

STU­DENTS were de­lighted by a new ad­di­tion to the school farm. The Young Farm­ers’ Club based at Brock­hill Park Per­form­ing Arts Col­lege in Hythe watched school cow Olivia give birth to a healthy calf. The calf has been named Orla and will be shown by pupil Toby Par­rett at the Kent County Show in July. Club leader Donna Hawkes said: “It was fan­tas­tic that the stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to watch. Of­ten the cows give birth at night when it’s quiet, but Olivia timed her new ar­rival just right – with five min­utes to go un­til reg­is­tra­tion she gave birth. “See­ing the birth is ex­cel­lent ex­pe­ri­ence for their an­i­mal care stud­ies and we were also able to video the event for teach­ing pur­poses.” The pub­lic will be able to meet Orla at the club’s an­nual lamb­ing day, to be held at the col­lege farm, Sandling Road, Salt­wood on Sun­day, April 1, be­tween 10am and 4pm. New at­trac­tions this year in­clude the In­victa Arach­nid Club and Port Lympne Wild An­i­mal Park both bring­ing taran­tu­las and snakes.

Olivia with calf Orla and stu­dent Toby Par­rett who will be train­ing and show­ing Orla in the show ring

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