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The sun came out for the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match!

Posted on 21st September 2015 in Agriculture, Events

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!

Our Marketing trailer provided a point of contact for enquiries and was manned by Agriculture staff, as well as our Apprenticeship, Business and Communities (ABC) department, who provided information on Apprenticeships and promoting our ‘App for That’ campaign.

On the other side of the show our Agriculture staff (in conjunction with Mid Kent Training) ran the ‘have a go at ploughing’ stand.  Members of the public, under instruction from an Agriculture lecturer, drove a Massey Ferguson 7616 tractor, owned by the College.   Drawing a 4 furrow Ransomes reversible plough, participants each ploughed 2 runs, learning how to guide the plough and follow the furrow and also turning the plough at the end of each run.  This proved popular as always, with a steady flow of participants throughout the day.

Richard Bailey, a Hadlow College Land-based Technology student, assisted with the steam engines, requiring an early start to light the fires to produce enough steam to load up and haul two impressive 20 ton steam engines and a 6 ton balance plough to the match.  Richard assisted with the engines ploughing throughout the day, topping up coal and water, benefitting from real hands-on practical experience of engines and learning how hard it was back in the good old days!

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