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Strong Industry Support for Askham Bryan College Farm Funding Announcement

Date: 11th April 2019

Strong support from industry has come following the announcement of a £1.7m national funding boost for Askham Bryan College.

Askham Bryan is one of nine education providers benefiting from £10m of capital funding from the Department of Education to develop the Yorkshire and Humber Institute of Technology (IoT). The investment will see a new beef centre created to showcase precision livestock farming and inform the industry practices of tomorrow. It is anticipated that ground works will begin within the next few months.

The news has been welcomed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the prestigious Great Yorkshire Show. Charles Mills, Show Director said:  "This investment is great news for the future of our industry and positions Askham Bryan College at the forefront of innovative practice in what is increasingly a highly technical industry. We need young people to be inspired by the food and farming sector and the careers it offers and this next step in the development of the college's farm will help provide the facilities and skills foundation to achieve that. It's good news for the college, but also for agriculture as whole."

Strong support has also come from the National Farmers Union. Adam Bedford, NFU North East Regional Director said:“This tremendous investment in the future of farming in Yorkshire will help cement a growing reputation for agri-tech excellence – with the region already home to leading research universities, two national agri-tech centres for crop health and livestock and the national food and environment research agency, Fera Science.

“Our industry is facing huge challenges – not least to produce more food for a growing population while delivering more for the environment. To achieve this, we will have to work smarter, not harder and the new facilities at Askham Bryan will help ensure that the next generation of Yorkshire farmers will be leading to charge to develop the productive, innovative and sustainable farm businesses of the future.”

Catherine Dixon, Chief Executive said: “This funding will greatly assist us in further developing highly skilled, technically adept students and complements our most recent work creating the digital farm for our dairy cattle and our agri-business centre.”

“As an educational training centre, the importance of animal health and welfare is at the heart of our teaching as we showcase best practice to the next generation of Britain’s farmers and industry leaders,” said Catherine.

The College has a total of 5,000 students with around 2,000 using the York campus farm, as part of their studies in agriculture, animal management and agricultural engineering. It is also an important centre for training apprentices.

The investment will see a purpose-built livestock centre created as a beef finishing and calf rearing facility, refurbishment of the College’s existing beef unit, and an additional classroom and car park.

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