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New Farm Manager appointed

Date: 2nd March 2017

A former student has returned to his alma mater –  as the farm manager with responsibility for more than 600 hectares of cropping land, including forage.

Josh Banks, Farm Manager

Four years ago 30 year old Josh Banks gained his degree in agriculture and land management from Askham Bryan College and is now hard at work on the other side of the fence as manager of its three farms at the York-based campus. Following his graduation, Josh gained a wealth of experience across the industry, particularly in the livestock sector which is his particular interest.

The college specialises in land-based courses up to degree level with classroom learning enhanced by students' practical experience on the farms. Askham Bryan has a rapid exit milking parlour for 240 milking cows + followers and around 300 breeding ewes as well as wheat, barley, oil seed rape and forage crops such as maize.

In addition to running the farms, his role involves supporting student learning as well as assisting with visits by the public, including on Sunday 19 March when around 5,000  visitors are expected for the Lambing Sunday event.

“I'm delighted to be back at Askham Bryan College. During my three years there as a student I thoroughly enjoyed my learning experience including being President of the Students' Union. My degree gave me the ability to progress quickly through the industry, culminating in my recent appointment as the college's Farm Manager.”

Josh's home is near Ripon; his parents are not involved in farming, but his interest was initially sparked through helping his grandfather on his farm in the Lake District.

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Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277