Agriculture students at Hartpury College were given an insight into the challenges and opportunities of setting up a business from scratch when they visited a farm in Herefordshire.
Third year agriculture students visited Whyle House Lamb based in Pudleston, Herefordshire, who farm 90 acres and 150 sheep.
The farm proved an interesting case study for the students as they sell lamb every week of the year, which is a logistical and management challenge.
All lamb is sold retail either directly from the farm or at farmers markets. Their other major outlet is food festivals where they sell lamb cuts and their famous lamb burgers as ‘food to go’.
Head of Agriculture, Janatha Stout, said: “The visit was highly informative and inspirational for students wishing to set up a business from scratch.”
Agriculture students also recently had the opportunity to explore a potential career in Agronomy.
Agronomy is the science and technology of producing and using plants for food, fuel and land reclamation. It encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, physiology, meteorology and soil science.
Tracey Winson and Tim Bullock from Agrovista, who provide a range of agromony services and advice packages to farmers, talked to students about work opportunities and their Agronomist trainee programme.
Janatha Stout added: “We are trying to widen students’ horizons and provide them with information on job opportunities that they may never have thought of.”