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North City News: Life's a pig for student Deanne; SUTTON.

REARING pigs and artificially inseminating a cow were just some of the duties performed by one Sutton student when she put her studies on hold for an up and coming Channel Four documentary.

Sutton College student Deanne Colman, aged 18, took time out from A-levels in philosophy, law and English to spend five weeks on a farm for a series called Young Black Farmers.

In the three-part series, Wilfred Emmanuel Jones, reputedly Britain's only black farmer, takes nine urban recruits from ethnic minorities to work on his 30-acre farm in Devon, with a promise of a job for the best workers.

Deanne, from Handsworth, said she was stopped in the street for a quick interview and within days was on the train to Devon.

She said: "We were there five weeks in total and during that time I fed lambs, saw new-born piglets, planted herbs, milked cows and saw every section of rural life. I even had to artificially inseminate a cow. "I had a pre-conceived idea that farm life would be relaxed like in Emmerdale, but it was very hard work. The manual labour built my muscles. I shared a love-hate relationship with Wilfred," she added.

"He shouted if we weren't up on time or pulling our weight. But I think he just wanted us to be independent and take responsibility."

However she has not changed her dream of wanting to be a solicitor.
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