Farmers Guradian
Topics
How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

How to spot BSE and what farmers can do to prevent it

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Auction Finder

Auction Finder

CropTec

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

LAMMA 2019

You are viewing your 1 free article

Register now to receive 2 free articles every 7 days or subscribe for unlimited access.

Subscribe | Register

Cumbria college invests in future of hill farming

A CUMBRIAN-based college has launched a new £430,000 sheep husbandry centre, cementing its place as a knowledge transfer hub for sheep farmers across the UK.


Alex   Robinson

TwitterFacebook
Alex   Robinson
TwitterFacebook
Matt Bagley.
Matt Bagley.
Share This

Cumbria college invests in future of hill farming #sheep365

The state-of-the-art innovation at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, is heralded by the college’s head of agriculture, Matt Bagley, as of national significance, and is a place where hill farming can move with forward with the times, while maintaining the traditional values associated with the skill.

 

The multi-functional centre at Low Beckside Farm measures 36m by 25m by 2.95m and allows trainee shepherds to adjust the removable penning when needed. Technological investments have also been made with the aim of facilitating stocking and management regimes.

 

New scanning systems, which enable individual animal data to be recorded, have been installed to speed up farmer decision-making.

 

Only the second of its kind in the UK, a battery powered Combi Clamp has been specially designed for the college.

 

Mr Bagley says: “This kind of kit is a revelation for a shepherd. It enables us to store data on a central hub and also allows us to complete tasks, such as drenching or shearing, on one machine. It reduces the stress of the sheep and handler and generally makes the job easier.”

 

Commenting on the importance of the build for the sector at large, Mr Bagley says: “This is the only college in the UK which has such a centre. It has been specifically designed to uphold the highest of welfare for both stock and staff. Our ultimate aim is to facilitate the next generation of hill farmers, with enthusiasm and efficiency at the fore of our work.

 

“The sheep holding shed has everything a shepherd could possibly need in once place, and can be redesigned when needed for a particular job. Prior to the build, lambing took place in many different places, and it was hard to keep track. This season was the first time we used the new facility and there was a noticeable improvement in the health status of the flock.

 

“Local people have been involved in the construction. We have worked closely with local advisory groups and the success of the facilities would not have been possible without the team work of the local community.”

 

Newton Rigg was taken over by Askham Bryan College in 2011 and since then has seen a huge increase in the number of students studying agriculture, from less than 20 six years ago, to today’s figure of 300


Read More

Farmer concerned over livestock drinking borehole water after reported sickness Farmer concerned over livestock drinking borehole water after reported sickness

pic3
pic2

Low Beckside Farm

Low Beckside farm is situated in Mungrisdale, Cumbia, and is made up of 65 hectares (160 acres) of lowland and 1,800ha (4,448 acres) of hillside.

 

The farm currently keeps a closed, self-replacing flock of 350 pure-bred Swaledale ewes which are kept on the upland. They also maintain a similarly sized flock of draft ewes, which are crossed with Bluefaced Leicesters and Abatexes to produce Mule variations, with 14 rams are also kept onsite.

 

Matt Bagley says: “The breeds have been carefully selected for their efficiency and ability to cope with the hard Cumbrian winters.”

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS