Sharing shearing skills

Thursday 7 July 2016

Sheep shearing is a skill which traditionally was handed down from father to son, and today at Shuttleworth College that experience is shared with other students.

David Hughes of Freehand Farm, Baldock, and his apprentice son Charlie, represent the fourth generation of a farming family. David, who used to shear up to 200 sheep a day, now helps to pass on that expertise to young farmers at Shuttleworth. David still has 500 of his own sheep, as well as growing corn. 

Head of Agriculture Education, Anne-Marie Hamilton, pictured here with her sheep dog Bluey, said: “It is vital for us to have the help of real farmers like David so we can, in turn, support others in the farming industry by training young men and women in these traditional skills.”

“All of our students who are leaving this summer are going on to higher education at university or have secured employment - a couple of them in New Zealand. Shuttleworth is the future of farming.”

Bluey or Marchup Blue to give him his pedigree name, has been coming to the farm since he was 12-weeks-old. He is mascot for Agriculture Education and an ice-breaker in helping students make friends. 

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