Farm strengthens College links

Animal management students at Askham Bryan College’s Newcastle centre have a new way of combining theoretical and practical experience thanks to an extension to the college’s links with the Rising Sun Farm.

Students will now be able to study on-site with new classroom space at Rising Sun Farm. The students already visit the farm three days a week to practice their animal handling skills but the classroom space means they will be able to put theoretical learning to practical test straight away. The classrooms will also be used by the college's horticulture students.

Askham Bryan College’s Director of the North East, Nick Barnes, said: “The addition of the classrooms means that students can learn the theory of an aspect of animal management, for example foot care in sheep, and then go straight out on the farm and put their learning into practice.” The College’s Newcastle campus is at the John Marley Centre, where it offers Level 2 and 3 courses in Animal Management, Horticulture and Veterinary Nursing.

Rising Sun Farm is home to Pedigree British Saddleback and Large White pigs, a flock of 100 Mule and Lleyn sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, quail and rabbits. There are horses on site thanks to a livery yard and a new birds of prey area was opened earlier this year. The Farm also has a Care Farm.

Matt Sharp, Farm Manager said: “It's a great partnership we have created with Askham Bryan College in providing practical on-farm training to students. This is an exciting time to be in agriculture despite depressed commodity prices, there are some great prospects for new entrants to work on farms and start making inroads into the industry.”

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