NR Training Rebuilding future agricultural education in Cambridge

Since the closure of Newton Rig College, community organization Newton Rig Limited has been working on strategies to rebuild ground-based education in Cumbria.

NR Training, which started in July, is now offering its first courses as a ground-breaking training provider in dairy and fruit and vegetables. The initiative was led by Dr. Jane Sullivan (Educational Advisor and Director of Newton Rig College 2015-18) and Newton Rig Limited Director Andrew Consul (former Director of Duke College and Vice-Chairman of Landx).

Dr. Sullivan said, “Along with the struggle to eliminate Newton Rig station for education, we have been working hard to build the future of land-based education in Cumbria, which is crucial for our rural economy and to support the next generation of farmers. . We are very pleased to offer professional, industry-oriented courses to dairy farmers as many more are planned for our Rural Business School vision. At a time when skills development is crucial for our farm, we are fortunate to have such experienced and loving guardians on the ground and part of our vision for the return of Cumbria’s long-standing heritage of excellent agricultural and land-based education. And rural business communities. ”

Newton Rig Limited says Cumberland’s environmental and business community is truly involved in the fight to protect Newton Rig and to rebuild land-based education in the county. The organization is supported by a number of donors and employers, including Westmoreland Limited and Car Group.

Chris CRudson, NR Limited Director, said: “We are on the path to a sustainable solution for CUM at the beginning of NR training and we are grateful to the individuals and organizations who have supported us financially, mentally and professionally. This is a community effort and we believe our county will proudly step back. We hope that everyone who wants to be a part of this drive to rebuild land-based education in Cumbria is contacted through our GoFundMe Population Page to donate or donate.

Connect with the teacher – James Webster teaches advanced milk management

James holds a BSc (Hons) in Rural Resources Management from Reading University and is an independent dairy consultant based in Cumbria. Having worked in this role for 15 years, James has a wonderful history of making a difference in dairy farming. This includes everything from technical herd management and nutrition to business structure and financial improvements. James designed an advanced dairy management course with the sole purpose of raising current and future dairy managers. This is done by providing the most up-to-date instructions, knowledge and tools to advance dairy farming.

How did you get started in agriculture and where did you get it?


What made you an independent dairy consultant…

Really flu. Coming from a farming family, I got an agricultural degree from the University of Reading and accidentally started working for a dairy company. I wanted to work with the farmers to help them improve their entire job.

And what is so special about this role in Cumbria and the northern part of England?

There is no better place to produce milk. Excellent dairy land and climate for growing grass. Hard-working, for the farmers of the land.

Tell us about your advanced dairy management course – when and why did you develop the course and how do you feel it helped farmers in their role?

I designed the course in 2016. The course is constantly evolving, and I am constantly updating its content. I want to help dairy farmers to increase and improve herd and business performance. There was a gap in training, so I started studying. There is nothing else in the region that is intended to push farmers not only as shareholders but also business managers

How do you feel about the most important challenges facing dairy farmers at this time, and how can an advanced dairy management course help?

The key is to increase input costs, which are constantly eroding agricultural costs. Farmers need to be more and more efficient at all times to maintain speed. This is where the lesson comes in. It focuses on improving efficiency and herd performance. The knowledge transfer has shifted from bang to current thinking, research / practice and practical advice.

Meet the Teacher – Dr. Jim Clap Teaches Sheep Management in the Year of the Shepherd

Dr. Clap is an experienced veterinarian with experience in Cumbria since 1984. Jim also taught students at Newton Rig and Newcastle University, earning a PhD in 2010. Supervise summer schools and degree thesis at the University of Newcastle as well as the University School of Agriculture. Jim is currently a veterinarian for two veterinary practices in Cumbria and is a NR training instructor for sheep management throughout the year.

How did you become a veterinarian and where did you practice?

I was looking for a medical profession and found that veterinarians had a more general view of their patients compared to human specialists. I have been a student at the University of Cambridge and Newton Rig, where I am part of the University of Cambridge in Cumbria and Norberland. I qualified as a veterinarian in 1980 and treated farm animals in many English practices. From 1985 to 2006, I worked with my wife in Alston. I still work locum work in Cumbria for large and small animal experiences.

What did your most valuable work experience say?

A lifetime of treating animals and working with their owners.

How have your studies and qualifications helped you in your own veterinary roles?

Studies up to degree level and beyond were just the basis of my knowledge. Years of experience have taught me some very useful skills.

Tell us about the sheep management course you organized with NR training.

In practice, similar issues arise in agriculture each year, and sheep do not. The lesson is to focus on these issues to help current and future shepherds.

Sheep are no different from other farms today. The margins are narrow and one year is not the same economically. Therefore, any help to improve the leadership skills of the shepherds will benefit the sheep and the shepherds.

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