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It seems apt that as people celebrate Easter, a commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus, new life springs up at farms around Kintyre.
Glenbarr Primary School pupil Finlay Blair, six, got some practice dealing with newborns at South Muasdale Farm this week ahead of the lambing season starting at Glenacardoch Farm, where he lives with his mum Eilidh Macalister, grandparents Duncan and Fiona Macalister, and uncle Robbie Macalister.
Being a farmer is among the 10 jobs Finlay said he wants to do when he grows up.
Not only did he meet the lambs at South Muasdale but he petted two-week-old calf Snowdrop, a Whitebred Shorthorn, Highland cow cross who was rejected by her mother, and several kids who were leaping about their pens in typical goat fashion.
As well as sheep, cattle and goats, farmers Stephen Jones and Will Anderson keep working horses, hens and ducks.
Finlay Blair with two-week-old calf Snowdrop. 50_c16newborns01