Sheep from Plumpton College were judged a success at the recent New Forest show. Staff and students studying on agriculture programmes at Plumpton College entered Southdown sheep into many classes at the show and came away as show winners. The shearling ram was judged interbreed show supreme champion. The College aged ram and aged ewe were judged second place winners. Henry, a pupil studying at Plumpton primary school, won third prize in the young handlers class with the College senior stock ram. The winning team also won first prize in the ‘group of three’ class.
The New Forest and Hampshire County Show is one of the UK’s premier agricultural shows and attracts top livestock exhibitors, with hundreds of entries are received annually.
Plumpton College also entered the College Shire horses at the New Forest show. The College equine department offers provision in a range of full-time and part-time equine courses. These range from 14-16 provision through to BSc degree level. Facilities include two large indoor schools with galleries, a 30m x 60m outdoor menage, stabling for over 40 horses, grazing, a horse walker, show-jump fields and a cross-country course. The stabling consists of a traditional court yard plus American barn stabling. Student DIY livery and full livery are available. Short courses include working with harness horses, large animal rescue training and a range of BHS horse courses.
The College livestock were seen and appreciated by thousands of visitors at the show, all keen to know more about the wide range of College courses, apprenticeship and employer training. Part time courses in the well-resourced agriculture department include sheep handling, milk processing, practical lambing, sheep shearing for beginners and improvers, food smoking and hand blade sheep shearing. Agricultural education is at the heart of Plumpton College’s activities. The extensive college farm and wider estate are used extensively to deliver the range of agriculture courses, from introductory programmes through to the foundation degree. The centre for sustainable food, farming and forestry at Plumpton College offers short, focused courses to get started into farming and forestry, expand or diversify a farming or forestry business and meet legislative requirements.
Plumpton College in East Sussex specialises in providing a wide range of land-based courses in partnership with schools, for those in further education and for those in higher education. The College
degree courses are provided in association with the University of Brighton.
On Saturday 27th August, Plumpton College will have a discovery information morning, when visitors can find out more, www.plumpton.ac.uk