On the dry but chilly evening of Friday 26th January, around 175 people – including members of the farming community, prospective students and industry representatives - attended the 2nd Hadlow College Agriculture and Engineering industry evening.
With dealership representation from Haynes Agri, Crawfords Agri, Agwoods and Ernest Doe, plus trade stands from Mole Valley Farmers, Barkers, FGS and Duffields, the comfortably-heated Machinery workshop was a hive of activity.
Students from the engineering workshops were working on some of the projects that they have been busy with since the start of the college year. Representatives from industry and public alike were able to talk to them about the work they were doing and their possible career paths.
In the welding shop, College welding suppliers WES Welding had a demo area, showing off some of the latest welding technology and letting some of the students and interested public have a go.
The ever-helpful South Eastern Vintage Agricultural Club were in attendance, serving tea and coffee from their club trailer and, later in the evening, hot food, which went down very well with the assembled crowd.
In the classroom, Josh Onyango, Livestock Health and Welfare Consultant at Innovation for Agriculture delivered an interesting talk on antimicrobial resistance and precision livestock farming to attendees. Josh’s talk was very well received and prompted many questions from the floor.
Later in the evening, a short film was screened, Farmer Moving South, one of the early British Transport Films, which documents how a whole farm was moved from Yorkshire to Sussex by rail during a blizzard in the bitterly cold winter of 1950.
Crawford Agri supplied some engineering entertainment during the event, with displays of power output on their dynamometer, which students and public enjoyed, learning a little in the process too!
The feedback on the event from the dealerships and trade stands was hugely positive, with many commenting “roll on next year”. The Agricultural and Engineering department would like to thank everyone who attended and those who offered their help to make this a successful event.