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How Heavy Is That Heifer?
ANIMAL Care students from Duchy College Rosewarne got a taste for the agricultural side of the industry this week when they learnt how to use the College's cattle handling equipment as part of their studies.
The Animal Care Diploma Level 2 students have been using the handling equipment so they can get used to caring for larger animals. As part of their livestock module they have to be able to handle a range of farm animals including goats, pigs, cattle and poultry.
Nick Pascoe, Farm manager at the College, spent time teaching the students how to put the cattle through the equipment and showed them how to weigh and measure the heifers before letting the group try it for themselves.
Dan Lambert, 17, from Hayle said: “It was fun, we were all at different stations on the equipment and we had to work together to get the cattle through. I like learning about how to care for all the different animals so I found it really enjoyable.”
Fellow student Kirstey Peters, 18, from St Ives added: “I really enjoyed it because I prefer working with the larger animals like ponies and livestock. It was a really interesting practical session; we learnt about feeding and caring for them as well as how to measure and weigh them.”
Andrew Counsell, Head of Duchy College, said: “We have fantastic facilities here at Rosewarne and we always encourage curriculum areas to share their expertise, it really adds to the quality of our provision.”
For further information on the animal care courses available at Duchy College Rosewarne, please call 0845 605 0455 or visit the website www.duchy.ac.uk.