All generations of Ayrshire’s farming community attended the family open day to see around the barns' new Farming and Rural Skills Centre at Dumfries House this week.

Attendees from ages three to 83 enjoyed seeing around the purpose-built classrooms and livestock housing and handling facilities which will provide a much-needed practical and immersive to encourage new talent into the farming and rural sector.

The event organised by NFU Scotland Ayrshire Region also saw This Farming Life celebrities, The Barclay Family of Mid Brockloch farm open the sheep turnover crate donated by the trustees of the NFU Scotland Former Ayr Area Funds.

Trustee, Christine Cuthbertson said: “On behalf of the Ayrshire’s farmers we really wanted to demonstrate our support for and delight to have this wonderful and much-needed practical training facility based in our county.

"We are so grateful to the Prince’s Foundation and The MacRobert Trust for recognising the value of agriculture to the local and national economy and the need to have well-trained talent come into and be retained by the sector.

"When you see the enthusiasm of Cameron, Finlay, and Archie Barclay you just know that there are great young people out there that we need to train and nurture for the success of farming now and into the future.”