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Animals for Adoption on the Internet
FARMER Robert Parker has grasped the bull by the horns in
a revolutionary drive to modernise farming by offering his
farm animals for adoption on the internet.
the 40-year-old Kirkcolm farmer has adopted children from
the local primary school to pilot the "adoptafarm"
Parker who has 500 ewes and 150 cattle on his Drumdow Farm
near Kirkcolm explained to the "Free Press" that
the idea of combining the age-old profession with modern technology
was first suggested two years ago.
despite an initial feeling of scepticism he is now confident
that the programme, where members pay an annual membership
fee of £10 to adopt a lamb, will be a success.
friend Kenny Middleton is a website designer in Edinburgh
and he suggested the idea a few years back.
I thought it was a bit daft but after the effect of foot-and-mouth
and with sheep prices dropping I began to wonder whether
it was wrong to be putting all my money into farming".
the web site at www.adoptafarm.com