As part of an enrichment programme called “Current Technologies”, the Extended Diploma in Agriculture ( Farm Mechanisation) course visited Andrew Rees at Gaulby Lodge Farm in Leicestershire today, and were treated to a fascinating insight his dairy sheep and arable farm.
Andrew, who was the national “Young Farmer of the Year” in 2010, gave us a warm welcome on a bright frosty February morning, and showed us round his farm. It was clear that Andrew takes great pride in his farm and his cows and was able to give us a clear picture of his well thought out system of management.
We were able to hear first-hand how technology is helping him manage fertility in his herd. The photo shows his pedometer driven heat detection system, mounted in the parlour so action can be taken whenever heat is detected.
It was good to see the range of machinery and buildings that Andrew has invested in, including some splendid examples of older equipment lovingly restored and maintained, and kept at a point where depreciation is almost negligible.
The course rep Bill Brightman led the students in a vote of thanks after a really interesting visit.