Taka enrolled on our FdSc Agriculture course in 2016, seeking to re-train and upskill after growing up in a rural farm setting in Zimbabwe. Taka picks up the story ‘Coming from a developing country as a young man, it has always been my dream ambition to be part of a team that will improve the agricultural sector. To achieve this, I enrolled with Moulton College to undertake a degree in Agriculture and wanted to focus particularly on the welfare of livestock and to explore approaches to adopting good beef and dairy breeds in Zimbabwe’.
He adds ‘I have found the course has equipped me with all the skills I need to follow my chosen career path, and have particularly welcomed the great levels of support and subject expertise from my tutors. Most recently and with some financial assistance from the Studley Trust Fund I was able to travel to Zimbabwe to carry out a project to determine best practice for the welfare, housing and husbandry of livestock by focusing on the cattle breeds and animal fattening methodologies. I visited several local farms to interview the farmers and hope my findings will be of use local small to medium-scale enterprises, especially communal farms in the region’.
This experience has also helped Taka consolidate his own plans for a future in farming back in Africa. He concludes ‘On the same trip, I acquired 20 Brahman heifers in calf that are currently being fed on haylage. I will be keeping a close eye on how the cattle develop, including carrying out further research work on these cattle in their second pregnancy through transplanting stabiliser embryos and then monitoring their delivery and calf growth performance – of course all done within current welfare standards’.
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