2015-09-28  facebooktwitterrss

New Term and New Life at Newton Rigg College

History has been made at a Cumbrian college with a new arrival on its farm. Two years ago the students and staff at Newton Rigg College celebrated the arrival of NewtonRigg Mars Belle, the first calf to be born to the re-established college herd.

And now Belle has herself given birth - to a heifer calf, so continuing the line of the iconic Holstein herd.

Belle and with her new calf with Newton Rigg College agriculture students Chloe Anderson, 16, of Kendal, and Tom Bennett, 17, of Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe. Both are studying for their Level 2 diplomas.

Belle and with her new calf with Newton Rigg College agriculture students Chloe Anderson, 16, of Kendal, and Tom Bennett, 17, of Dunsop Bridge, Clitheroe. Both are studying for their Level 2 diplomas.

Matt Bagley, Head of Agriculture said:
“The Cumbrian dairy industry suffered terribly in the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak, including the loss of the Newton Rigg herd, so Belle's arrival in October 2013 was a huge boost. We now have further cause for celebration with the arrival of her calf, NewtonRigg Glauco Belle. Our dairy herd is at the very heart of the college's farm enterprise and our commitment to it underlines Newton Rigg's support for and confidence in the UK dairy industry.”

Belle was calved by Assistant Herd Manager, Sarah Sutton with the new arrival weighing in at 44kg, virtually on target for the herd's 45kg birth-weight goal. There was a further milestone this week as Belle went through the milking parlour as the college's first home-bred heifer.

Since the college was taken over by Yorkshire-based Askham Bryan College in 2011, more than £2,4m has been invested in the Newton Rigg farms, including the opening of the state-of-the-art dairy unit in 2012. Over the last four years, the number of students studying agriculture – from diplomas and apprenticeships through to degree level - has more than doubled and now stands at 97 with a further 245 apprentices.

Mr Bagley added: “Our aim is to enthuse, educate and inspire the next generation of industry leaders and workers giving them first rate practical skills matched with extensive technical knowledge. An occasion such as this reflects what Newton Rigg College is all about – breathing new life through work ready students into the industry.”

One of the college's new courses is a higher apprenticeship in agriculture, which is very much business focused and aimed at those already involved in decision making the industry who are wanting to increase their skills and knowledge enabling them to move to higher managerial roles.

Background

  • The new calf, NewtonRigg Glauco Belle, was by AI bull Toc Farm Duplex Glauco, an Italian sire from Cogent/World Wide Sires.

  • To establish the herd, foundation females were bought from the internationally renowned Tallent Holstein herd, from Cockermouth.

  • The college aims to milk around 220 – a goal which is expected to be achieved in the near future.

  • The herd will eventually be closed and ultimately it is hoped that there will be surplus females for sale.

Newton Rigg

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