Case Studies

Rachel Churches: Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture at Hartpury
Having lived on a family dairy farm all my life, when I left school I decided to go the Hartpury College to study Agricultural. Since a young age I have always been interested in farming, I love being outside, and getting involved. As part of my RachelLevel 3 extended diploma, I had to have a year’s work experience. As part of my year out I work on a beef, sheep and arable farm in Langport for Trevor and Debbie Stanbury. Working with in a different industry other than dairy, showed me different aspects of farming. I really enjoyed my year’s placement, and gained a lot of confidence and experience, it is very rewarding bringing new born animals into the world and feeding and tending to them to adult life. I believe farming is important for all people especially the younger generation who will be tomorrow’s farmers of the future.”

Agricultural Dairy Trainee Winner and It’s All about Dairy Overall Winner 2013


Matthew Woolaston: Agricultural Business Management Degree at Cannington College

“I was the first successful candidate to complete the future farmers programme at Bridgwater College- Cannington.  The programme is aimed at young people to motivate and provide the skills to market themselves to different areas of agriculture particularly farm management which are becoming short of skilled applicants.  The programme consists of two placements and several industry days with different leading companies such as micron bio-systems, Elanco and Uniform Agri.  The placements I had were on two leading farms, one being Alvis Bros Ltd and the other being Wyndhurst Farm at the University of Bristol Veterinary Sciences.  During my time on the programme I learned about all aspects of managing a farm business as well as having plenty of chances to get my hands dirty and learn new things.”Mathew Woollaston dairy bg 1

“Upon completion of the program I knew that this was the career I wanted to pursue and have now got plenty of good contacts and references.  I am currently studying an Agricultural Business Management Degree at Cannington College who helped find the future farmers program and I would urge anyone even slightly interested in Agriculture to investigate it and see where you could find yourself a couple years down the line.”

Winner of Further or Higher Education Award 2013


Natalie Harrow: Former Bridgwater College student studied National Diploma in Agriculture.

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“As part of my course I did 240 hours work experience, it was a big help to me. I got to try different jobs and see what I wanted to do in the future and I was kept on after my placement. I always say you have to start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder to get noticed.”



Hatty: Studying at West Somerset College- National Diploma in Agriculture

“I’ve always been into agriculture despite not coming from a farming family. The excellent facilities at the college farm enabled me to further my passion and knowledge. My course is great, allowing me to work with a variety of farm livestock and is coursework based.”


Emily- Lab Technician working at Quality Milk Management Services

“I love the interaction with the farmers, keeping up to date with the dairy industry and with the individual clients and farms…it’s very different from day to day.”IMG_9765



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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.