A teenage farming student is recovering after being 'branded' with searing hot metal shearing tools.
The 17-year-old boy and two other students from Wairarapa's Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre used a grinder to heat up a metal comb before pressing it onto each others skin.
Taratahi spokesman Stephen Carr says the student has since received medical care and recognised the error of his ways.
"Typically what happens around this time of year is that students might suddenly cut themselves a really distinctive mullet.That's fine, that grows back it's all sorted. On this occasion they decided to brand themselves with the shearing comb, which I think is being acknowledged by their peers and their family to be a silly thing to do."
Mr Carr says no punitive action will be taken against the student as they have already suffered enough.