MidKent College students got involved with wing clipping, hoof trimming and ear tagging when they went behind the scenes at a farm park.

Animal management students also learned how to herd and vaccinate sheep, and muck out cattle at Farming World near Faversham, which is closed to the public during its off-season.

Jessica Randall, 18, from Northfleet, said: “I got to do things I wouldn’t have been able to if I went as a member of the public.

“My favourite farm animals are pigs so I really enjoyed feeding them and rubbing louse powder on to them. I also had a good time visiting the birds of prey.”

Lecturer Gemma Claxton, who organised the trip, said: “This was a real hands-on experience for the students. It was great to see them build their confidence while applying their theory lessons to the real world.”

Featured image caption: Lauren Thornhill, 20, meets a peacock

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