Herding ducks for farm charity

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A community barbecue was held in Coquetdale to raise funds for a farming charity.

The Murray family, who farm at Cartington, held a special event in the grounds of the hamlet’s castle last week, in aid of the Farming Community Network.

Rothbury Ceilidh Band, alongside solo performers, provided entertainment for the event, which was held with the castle as a backdrop.

It also included a presentation from archaeologist Peter Ryder, about the preservation of Cartington Castle.

Work took place earlier this year by Heritage Consolidation of Greenhead, in a joint venture with English Heritage and Natural England.

Shepherdess Emma Gray, armed with border collie Roy, gave a demonstrating of herding five Indian Runner Ducks up a chute, which worked until the feathered friends fell in a heap at the bottom.

And Archie, Emma’s alpaca, also played a part allowing children to walk hom on a lead.

The event raised £700 for the charity which provides free confidential support to all those in need of help in the farming community, whether the issue is related to the farm business or the farm household.




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