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Animal and Land 08Oct 2014

Richard’s herding to the top as world’s best young shepherd

Richard’s herding to the top as world’s best young shepherd

Former Hartpury student Richard Carter claimed his place as one of the world’s best young shepherds after he and team-mate Sam Bullingham took top spot for England at the World Young Shepherd Challenge.

Held in France, Richard and Sam finished top of 16 nations in the Over-21s contest, as a first and fifth placed finish between them was enough to secure the gold medal position.

Richard, 22, from Newent, studied for a National Diploma in Agriculture at the college before graduating in 2012. His team’s victory was the second-straight triumph for England with the World Young Shepherd Challenge only in its second year.

Richard was required to complete a written test and a series of practical tasks, including sorting ewes, hoof trimming, ewe body condition scoring, assessing lamb weights, handling, shearing and quad-bike driving.

The World Young Shepherds Challenge marks the culmination of the National Sheep Association (NSA) Young Shepherd of the Year Competition. All eight UK contestants for the world final were selected through the regional rounds of the NSA competition, held at NSA events over the past two years.

The two highest placed native contestants in the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish contests earned places in the World Challenge, while the two best placed English competitors in the national final at NSA Sheep Event were chosen to go forward.

27 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Limelight lands on Hartpury’s lambs

Lambs were in the limelight when Katie Brian of the Agriculture and Development Board (AHDB) visited Hartpury to talk to some of our agriculture students.

26 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Happy Halloween from Hartpury! Gloucester Rugby stars get an early fright up close to collection’s critters!

Some of Gloucester Rugby biggest stars and their families headed to Hartpury today to get up close and personal with the College’s cuddly and not so cuddly residents!

18 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

No more tilling – it’s time for direct drilling at Hartpury!

Hartpury Agriculture students had their eyes opened to an alternative approach to sowing the seeds of the future.

17 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Brexit and beyond –student farmers consider the future of agriculture outside the EU

Hartpury’s student farmers of the future weighed in on the debate and discussions surrounding agriculture in post-Brexit Britain during a talk with local experts.