Farm and Estate

Here at the College we currently farm 465 hectares, including 310 hectares of arable and 155 hectares of grassland.

All land is farmed commercially and subject to normal market forces of the agricultural industry.  The farm is used extensively for teaching purposes to support our aim of providing high quality, practical education and training with a commercial focus. Crops grown include winter wheat, winter/spring barley, winter oilseed rape, field beans as well as short and long-term leys and stubble turnips for autumn sheep-keep. Precision farming and the use of GPS technology are integral to arable operations.

Livestock enterprises include a sheep flock of 750 North Country Mules and 150 Lleyn ewes put to Charollais, Suffolk, Texel and Meatlinc rams. The beef enterprise comprises of two suckler herds - Pedigree Stabiliser and continental British Blue (i.e. Belgium Blue), which are managed separately for breeding and finishing stock markets.

The farm is assured via SAI Global, and farm activities are coordinated by the Deputy Principal and Farm Manager who meet regularly to discuss operational matters and to formulate proposals for discussion by the Senior Leadership Team.

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