Futures in farming

Thursday 18 June 2020

British agriculuture is going through dramatic changes creating opportunities for young people who can see a future in farming.

At Shuttleworth College, part of The Bedford College Group, set in the Old Warden country park, Bedfordshire, a wide range of courses covering everything “outdoors” from agricultural to zoological careers await. 

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In farming terms, Shuttleworth has an international reputation with agricultural expertise being shared across the globe by former students. Closer to home, British farming is ever more important for feeding the people of the UK. 

Head of Agriculture Education Anne-Marie Hamilton, the daughter of beef farmers, is keen to ensure that Shuttleworth College is seen as the “future of farming”. To that end she was part of a  committee which set up a “virtual” Herts County Show enabling entrants in classes including livestock, equine, and even guinea pigs. Anne-Marie gave a talk on Red Poll Cattle which are bred at the college farm at Old Warden.

The herd was founded by a bull called Zulu which was bought with a donation made by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who filmed an episode of a TV show on campus. 

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