Students Kate Ingleby and Laura Smith show off the new hereford calf arrival with curriculum leader and farm manager Keith Cook.

College Farm Welcomes New Arrival

Wed, 2002-08-14 01:00

Students Kate Ingleby and Laura Smith show off the new arrival with curriculum leader and farm manager Keith Cook.

East Durham College is happy to announce the birth of the first calf in its new Hereford breeding programme.

The project started in January last year with the arrival of Olive, the first Hereford cow to be purchased by College, has now seen the safe arrival of her first calf, a bull calf, Oliver.

The project is being run to show students different breeding techniques and systems for suckler cows; as the College looks to establish a 30-cow suckler herd over the next six years.

This new calf has been bred naturally, but the plan for the new Hereford herd is to show students how to breed not just by natural techniques but also by using artificial insemination and embryo transplant.

And the project looks set to continue to grow this year as two other Hereford’s bought by the College are also preparing to give birth.

Curriculum leader and farm manager Keith Cook is happy to see the project moving at a good pace and is excited to see Houghall continue to grow as a commercial farm; meeting the needs of the curriculum and the future demands of the farming industry labour market.

Keith said: “It’s great to see this project really starting to take shape. We are always looking for ways to make Houghall grow as a commercial farm and this is the next step on an exciting project for the College.

“As well as helping to make Houghall Farm become more commercial, this project with the Herefords will really help the students understand the techniques involved within modern day farming, which is really important as they are the future of farming in the region.”

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