This year’s Kent County Show saw sweltering temperatures over the three days, which brought the sun-seeking visitors out in droves. As always, Hadlow College had a significant presence and profile as Livestock and Equine sponsors at the show, with the College being profiled on BBC Radio Kent on all three days and receiving television coverage on the Friday evening.
Hadlow College, in partnership with Rural PLC (Kent), have produced a pre-2017 Election Manifesto
This year’s Lambing Weekend, our flagship event heralding the start of Spring, saw us welcome 13,000 visitors to our site at Faulkner’s Farm on the 11th and 12th March. Running for 25 years now, the event continues to expand, with this year featuring more exciting family activities and food stalls showcasing the best of our local produce than ever before
The Hadlow Group had a hugely successful three days at the Kent County Show this year. The main marquee had a countryside and sustainability theme, with a host of exciting stands and interactive activities on offer.
Two second year students studying towards the Level 3 Diploma in Agricultural Engineering have been assisting the Marketing department and putting their welding skills to the test.
Our Agricultural Engineering Team have recently completed the refurbishment of a highly notable Massey Ferguson 135. The tractor belongs to Alastair Campbell, the 4th Baron Colgrain, known as Lord Colgrain.
Our Lambing Weekend on the 12th and 13th March was a huge success, with unprecedented crowds gathering to see our newborns. Across the weekend, 15,500 visitors – our highest ever attendance - came to celebrate the arrival of spring and take part in the fun family activities.
A member of Hadlow’s teaching staff has received a prestigious international award for his contribution to a book about architectural concepts which integrate sustainable food-growing systems into the design of cities. Dr. Howard Lee, Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture, was jointly awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) ‘President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research’ for his contribution to the 2014 book Second Nature Urban Agriculture: Designing Productive Cities.
Our Agriculture students are celebrating after achieving four prizes at the annual two-day Ashford Fat Stock event on the 30th Nov-1st Dec. The College was awarded 1st and 4th prizes for their pigs in the 80-100kg heavy class, qualifying for the championship round, where they won 1st and Champion Pig Carcass.
Our Agriculture and Apprenticeship, Business and Communities (ABC) department enjoyed a busy day at the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match. Held in Marden, the ploughing match luckily went ahead, despite recent heavy rain and on the day the sun came out!
It has been a busy summer for our Agriculture department, following all of their activity and involvement at the Kent County Show, the focus shifted to the Edenbridge & Oxted Agricultural Show.
The engineering department this year has 11 leavers who are all going into the engineering trade, farming or Higher Education within engineering.
On 26th of June two mini busses full of Agricultural Engineering Students set off from Hadlow for a factory tour at New Holland Agriculture in Basildon. This had kindly been arranged by Doug Arnold from Haynes Agri Tech who are a local New Holland dealership working closely with the Agricultural team at Hadlow.
Our Level 3 extended diploma in Agriculture students are working towards an assignment based around a poultry production project. They have 3 incubators all requiring different levels of care containing Quail eggs, Bantoms and Hens.
Representatives from Burden Bros Agri Ltd and Sumo UK Ltd visited Hadlow College and gave a presentation to around 60 Level 3 extended diploma in Agriculture students. The talk focused on getting maximum productivity out of grassland through good soil management.
Our Land-based Technology students have been busy in our engineering workshops, with several new projects coming in for repair or restoration, plus a few of the long term projects being finished off.
A group of agriculture students recently attended the Autumn Show and Game Fair, organised by the South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS).
On 17th September Hadlow College together with Eblex and NSA held a very informative Ram Management Workshop with a focus on ‘Fit For Purpose Breeding Rams’
The Hadlow College farm team recently spent 3 days at the South of England show and entered into a number of classes with the following results.
A group of 38 Agriculture students studying towards the Level 2 Diploma and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture benefited from attending first aid training provided free of charge by NFU Mutual, with the assistance of the St Johns Ambulance.
Four Hadlow College degree students have successfully applied to attend the brand-new London Produce Show, which takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London from 4th – 6th June.
We have just returned from the Easter Lamb Show and Sale at Ashford and are thrilled that out of more than 20 pens Hadlow College's top pen came a very creditable 4th, this was a great result from a small group of only 20 ewes, lambing early.
Our International Harvester TD 18 Crawler tractor, now lovingly renamed ‘Caz’, has had quite a bit going on in her life recently.
A group of Hadlow College International Agriculture students recently enjoyed a study trip to Ethiopia.
Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Land-Based Technology students are getting hands on experience restoring an International Harvester TD 18 Crawler tractor.
In addition to providing an outstanding level of education and training to our students, Hadlow College is also responsible for running several commercial businesses, including its three farms. In total over 400 acres are farmed by the College, growing a mix of oil seed rape, maize and silage grasses. These are harvested at different times of the year and then either sold on the open market or stored as fodder to feed our livestock.
The Hadlow College farm team spent 3 days at the South of England show and entered into a number of classes with the following results.
BSc (Hons) International Agriculture students, together with BSc (Hons) Horticulture students, at Hadlow College recently enjoyed a unique opportunity to meet two women cocoa farmers from Ghana as part of their degree programmes.