TV weather presenter Cat Cubie brought a welcome ray of sunshine with her when she visited an East Neuk livestock farm and had her first experience of lambing.
She joined Carole and Ian Brunton at Balmonth Farm near Anstruther to learn more about their sheep enterprise and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the farm opening its gates to school children through visits organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).
During the past decade the Bruntons have welcomed 1500 children on to their 300 acre farm, which is home to 200 breeding ewes, mostly Texels and Half-breds, and 90 suckler cows.
Ms Cubie has been working with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) on a campaign to encourage consumers to better understand what the Scotch Lamb label stands for in terms of traceability and quality assurance.
Lambing is currently in full swing on the farm where the persistent wintry weather has been proving a challenge. Ewes which would usually have been turned out on to grass with their newborn lambs are being held in the lambing shed due to the bitterly cold conditions.
Despite the busy time of year the Bruntons, along with Scottish Rural College student Craig Smith, from Bankfoot, were delighted to host the visit by Cat.
Ian said: “Children are our consumers of the future and it is very important they are able to come onto a farm and see for themselves what livestock production is all about and where their food comes from.”
Carole, who is also RHET’s Fife Countryside Initiative project co-ordinator, said: “The opportunity to get out and visit a farm is absolutely fantastic and the children get loads out of the experience which is relevant to a range of different subjects across the curriculum, from horticulture and geography to maths and biology.”