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School children get up close and personal with farm animals

Around 750 primary school children from across Cornwall have been learning about where their food comes from Credit: ITV West Country

Around 750 primary school children from across Cornwall have been getting up close and personal with farm animals.

The event in Wadebridge hopes to teach the children about the links between farming and food production.

They met these adorable lambs Credit: ITV West Country

They met animals, looked at farm machinery and were shown how raw ingredients grown and reared locally turn into the foods they are familiar with.

The event is in its fourth year and takes place across two days - with more than 1,500 Cornish primary school children expected to attend.


Hundreds of sheep stolen from farms in Somerset

Hundreds of sheep have been stolen in the last six weeks. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nearly 500 sheep have been stolen from Somerset farms in the last six weeks in what police say is an "unusual" spike in sheep-rustling.

The thefts include nearly 150 lambs and ewes from near Langport in the middle of the night, nearly 130 from a farm near Baltonsborough and sheep's skins found blocking a land drain in Glastonbury.

Cows are also being targeted, with a cattle lorry from East Huntspill found burnt out in Langport, and cows stolen from a shed in Ilchester.

Farmers are losing tens of thousands of pounds from these thefts, and police say the meat of these animals could be sold illegally. They hope a nationwide appeal for information will help the investigation.

It’s sickening what these mindless thieves do. The sheep have probably suffered in transit and not been killed humanly either.

– Anonymous victim of sheep-rustling
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