(L-R) Curriculum Leader and Farm Manager Keith Cook and student Andrew Whitton feeding new arrival, Olive

New Breeding Herd To Be Established at Houghall

Sun, 2002-01-13 00:00

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus has an exciting new resident at its farm in Durham.

A new Herford Cow, Olive, has joined the campus and the College’s business plan will see a new herd established and developed over the next seven years.

This new project is being developed to show students different breeding techniques and systems for cattle. Part of the business plan for Houghall is to establish a 30-cow suckler herd of pure breed Herefords.

Curriculum Leader and Farm Manager Keith Cook is excited at starting the new project and is pleased to see the breeding of cattle back at the region’s leading land-based studies college.

Keith said: “This is a landmark in the future of Houghall as a commercial farm and in helping us to deliver excellent learning opportunities for our students. The new herd will give students the chance to study how artificial insemination works and how important pure bloodlines are in the livestock industry.

“Agriculture as a course was reintroduced in the prospectus last year and the number of students has doubled this year, with a prediction of a further increase of 30% for 2013."

And as the course continues to grow, Keith believes the new projects at the farm will teach students the most modern and up-to-date farming techniques.

“In order to deliver excellence in learning the farm is embracing modern farming techniques and is currently undergoing a GPS mapping process to demonstrate to students how we ensure accurate use of inputs onto the arable crops.

“The students have also experienced a diversification project rearing Turkeys which have gone through the farm’s newly established butchery and sold for the Christmas market.”