Agriculture is arguably the most important industry in the world and without the food, clothing and fibres it provides, we simply wouldn’t survive.
Now an industry with highly-mechanised processes, employment in this sector goes beyond farm workers and managers to engineers, consultants and scientists.
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Discover Future Farm
Future Farm is a first of its kind for England, aiming to improve efficiency, welfare and technological advancement in dairy farming. It will provide an invaluable service to the dairy and environment sectors, and a vital resource for the South West. The facility will be home to 200 cows, all monitored using ground-breaking research techniques.
As part of the introduction of computerised precision control feeding systems to the UK, Future Farm will help to address the urgent requirement increasing the competitiveness of businesses within the dairy/livestock industry.
The future of the dairy and agricultural sectors will be secured by the next generation of farmers and technicians. Future Farm is well placed to be a critically important learning and skills centre for the students of Duchy College and Bicton College.
Technical Manager for Pengelly Farms Ltd
& County Chairman for Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.
“Studying the Agricultural Diploma gave me a great insight into the inner workings of a farm. To many, a farm is just cows and tractors – but to fully understand how to make a success of a farming business – you need to look in greater detail at areas including gross margins, ROI and financial management. These areas, amongst others helped me progress into the Technical Manager role. Many farmers across Cornwall & Devon have studied at either Duchy or Bicton colleges and have a lot of respect for the institution and its teaching staff and welcome new employees that have been through the system themselves.”
Training Co-Ordinator on the BVD Stamp It Out Project at the
Rural Business School and Shepherdess to her own flock of ewes
On completion of the Agriculture Diploma Level 3, Holly then continued her studies with the FdSc Agriculture and the BSc (Hons) Rural Business Management. Holly is currently studying for her PGCE alongside her two job roles of training co-ordinator and shepherdess.
“I was getting mid-range results at school, but at Duchy College I received a distinction* in my diploma and a first class honours on my degree. I think the smaller class sizes helped to create good working relationships between students and teachers, which allowed for excellent learning and knowledge transfer to occur. Alongside my work as a training co-ordinator, and teaching on my PGCE, I also keep my own ewes. I thoroughly enjoy working with them and strive to improve their performance, genetics and breeding. I am extremely passionate about improving the longevity of breeding flocks”.