Hartpury students ‘ewes’ stock-judging skills to seal second spot


Students at Hartpury managed to overcome tough opposition and claim an excellent second place in the College Challenge at the East of England showground in Peterborough.

Tasked with the challenge of judging a pen of beef heifers, ewes, lambs and lamb carcases, the team of Hartpury students impressed judges with their stock-judging ability.

The Hartpury team consisted of both University and College Agriculture students, with James Smith, William Snowden, Rachel Churches, Daniel Padfield, Edward Davies, Rollo Deutsch, Thomas Davies and Hollie Stone using the knowledge and experience they have gleaned at Hartpury to help secure such a positive result.

Animal and Land Science lecturer, Helen Jones, said: “This was a fantastic result and shows how much the students have learned at Hartpury. The College Challenge gave them the opportunity to gain valuable skills in communication and public speaking as well as teamwork, which will stand them in good stead for the future.

“Competitions like this help to hone the skills that the students are taught throughout their course, particularly in the livestock modules and build on the practical experience they gain at other Young Farmer Club stock judging events.”

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