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One of the world's biggest combine harvesters in action at Houghall College in Durham.
One of the world's biggest combine harvesters in action at Houghall College in Durham.
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A MONSTER machine amazed students when it took to the fields in Durham.

The hi-tech combine harvester, one of the biggest in the world, was seen in action by agricultural students at Houghall College in Durham this week.

The machine was brought in to harvest wheat at the 470-acre campus site, which is part of East Durham College.

Whitburn-based Henderson and Sons have the contract to grow and harvest the cereal crops at Houghall and the company also provides training to students on various aspects of agriculture, crops and machinery.

Agriculture curriculum leader and farm manager at Houghall, Keith Cook, said: “We were thrilled that on this occasion Hendersons managed to secure the second biggest capacity combine harvester in the world to harvest our crops.”

The New Holland CX8090, which is equipped with a 30ft wide cutter and 400hp engine ripped through the 160 acres of cereals in less than 20 hours, harvesting nearly 700 tons of wheat.

Keith said: “The first-year students on their induction were amazed at what was going on in the fields at Houghall.”