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Cumbrian Farmer Goes Back to College

A passion for putting agriculture back at the heart of Newton Rigg College, Penrith, plus a strong family connection led dairy farmer Peter Holliday to return to the campus where he originally studied.

Mr Holliday is one of a group of Cumbrian farmers whose input and advice over the last 18 months or so has been invaluable to the development of the College's flagship dairy unit, which opened last month (21 March). Mr Holliday has accepted an invitation to join the Newton Rigg committee to help steer the College's development into the next decade and beyond.

Peter Holliday

Peter Holliday

Commenting on his increased role Mr Holliday said:
“I've always had an interest in the college, not only was I student there, but my father was the farm manager and my son Ian studied there too. I watched with huge sorrow as it lost its agricultural focus so it's been great to see the immense progress that's been made, particularly with the farms, since Askham Bryan's involvement.

He added:
“The recent investment and commitment has put farming back at its heart which is exactly where it should be. Newton Rigg was once top of the tree in terms of agricultural colleges, it was important not only to Cumbria, but to the country as a whole. To see its progress back to that position means it's an exciting time to be involved.”

Mr Holliday runs the family's 320 head dairy farm at Gaitsgill, Dalston with his two sons.

Newton Rigg

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