First cow arrives at college for new farming courses

Lecturer Keith Cook and student Andrew Whitton with Olive
Lecturer Keith Cook and student Andrew Whitton with Olive
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A NEW arrival at college will enable students to gain hands-on experience of their course topic.

Agriculture was reintroduced at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus last year.



Olive is the first of a planned herd of 30 Hereford cows.

The campus, near Maiden Castle, Durham City, includes 450 acres of arable land.

Curriculum leader and farm manager Keith Cook said: “It is exciting to see the breeding of cattle back at the region’s leading land-based studies college.

“This is a landmark in the future of Houghall as a commercial farm, and the breeding programme will help to deliver excellent learning opportunities for students.

“The new herd will give the students an understanding of how important pure bloodlines are in the livestock industry.”

Other farming activities at Houghall include the growing of crops and a newly-established butchery which supplied turkeys reared on the farm for Christmas.