Schoolchildren from across East Ayrshire have visited Dumfries House to learn about the significance of farming as part of The Prince’s Foundation inaugural Festival of Farming event.

The festival, believed to be the first of its kind in Ayrshire, was organised to ignite interest in farming among primary school pupils through a series of interactive workshops run by The Royal Highland Education Trust at the estate’s Valentin’s Education Farm.

Pupils in attendance were introduced to rare animal breeds and were given the opportunity to feed lambs, learn how to make butter, take part in chick workshops, taste organic food, and learn about farming practices and the importance of preservation.

The education farm is home to rare breeds including Castlemilk Moorit sheep, British Landrace and Tamworth pigs, Shetland geese, Scotch Grey and Scotch Dumpy chickens, Pied Crollwitzer turkeys, and three breeds of cattle ‒ Beef Shorthorn, Whitebred Shorthorn, and Vaynol.