Hope to breed success

East Durham College Houghall Campus lecturer Keith Cook and student Andrew Whitton with Olive the Hereford cow.
East Durham College Houghall Campus lecturer Keith Cook and student Andrew Whitton with Olive the Hereford cow.
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A HEREFORD cow called Olive has joined a college campus to help agriculture students learn about breeding techniques.

The new arrival is also part of exciting plans by East Durham College’s Houghall Campus to establish a full herd of pure breed Herefords.

The college’s business plan will see the new herd established and developed over the next seven years.

It will give students a greater understanding of different breeding techniques and systems for cattle.

Keith Cook, curriculum leader and farm manager, said: “This is a landmark in the future of Houghall as a commercial farm and in helping us to deliver excellent learning opportunities for our students.

“The new herd will give students the chance to study how artificial insemination works and how important pure bloodlines are in the livestock industry.”

Agriculture was reintroduced in the college prospectus last year and the number of students has doubled.

College bosses are expecting a 30 per cent surge in demand for this year.

Keith believes the new projects at the college’s farm in Durham, will teach students the most modern and up-to-date farming techniques.

He added: “The students have also experienced a diversification project rearing Turkeys which have gone through the farm’s newly established butchery and sold for the Christmas market.”

Find out more about courses on offer at the Houghall campus at www.eastdurham.ac.uk or call (0191) 3754710.