hadlow-agriculture

Agriculture & Agricultural Engineering

By studying a course in agriculture or agricultural engineering at Hadlow College you can become part of an industry which is key to the production of food, preservation of the countryside and the ongoing survival of the rural economy.

Agriculture

Through practical experience on the College farms and dairy, as well as working on machinery and in our workshop facilities, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural industry. They are involved in all aspects of the farming year - including lambing, shearing, ploughing and harvest - and assist with the College’s award-winning dairy herd. The Agricultural team have an array of experience ranging from crop, soil, plant, livestock, machinery and business management, and bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the courses. The courses have a mixture of practical and theory and are delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural facilities.

Partnerships for Area

FGS, Burdens farms, Park Farm and JPF Farms.

Careers

  • Farm Worker
  • Shepherd
  • Stockperson
  • Assistant Farm Manager
  • Herdsperson
  • Agriculture Contractor
  • Agriculture Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-employed Engineer or Technician
  • Tractor Driver
  • Agriculture Inspector

 

Agricultural Engineering

Through practical experience in the College workshops, as well as working on machinery restoration projects for local farmers, students gain an in-depth understanding of the skills they need to work within the Agricultural engineering industry. They are involved in all aspects of engineering - including welding, fabrication, servicing, engine and transmission rebuilds, hydraulics and suspension systems, restorations, machinery operations and ploughing.

The engineering team have an array of experience ranging from workshop management, engineering, machinery operation specialists and industry trainers. All our staff bring this knowledge and experience to the delivery of the course.

The course has a mixture of practical and theory and is delivered making use of the excellent Agricultural workshop facilities and machinery training yard.

Partnerships for Area

Crawfords, Haynes, Burden Bros, Agwoods and Coppards.

Careers

  • Agricultural Engineer or Technician
  • Groundcare Engineer or Technician
  • Self-Employed Engineer or Technician
  • Truck or Bus Engineer or Technician
  • Workshop Manager
  • Machinery Contractor
  • Dealership Technician
  • Interchangeable Large Motor Vehicle Skills

 

Zoe Smith

STEM Lead, Engagement and Finance

Zoe holds an MSc in Livestock Health and Production, RVC, University of London and a BSc (Hons) in Animal Science from Wye College, University of London.

Her current role at the college is primarily developing the applied research that we undertake with industry, making sure that our facilities and staff remain at the forefront of the rural sector.  She has spent a large proportion of her life at Hadlow in various management and teaching roles, very much enjoys the challenge that teaching provides and wants our students to seize every opportunity that we provide to ensure their career gets off to a flying start.

During her career, she has spent time working for the Animal and Plant Health Agency as a scientific project manager, running large multi-agency and disciplinary projects looking at various animal diseases including Johne’s disease, Salmonella in pigs and TB in cattle. She has also spent time working in veterinary practices, on farms, in riding stables and lives on a dairy farm that processes its own milk. She is also the external examiner for the FdSc Animal Science programme at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.

Subject/Research Specialisms:
Animal Science

Published Articles/Papers, Research:

  • A survey to estimate the herd level prevalence of Paratuberculosis in the Dairy Herd of the United Kingdom Caldow, G. Strain, S.A.J. Chapman, Z. Kemp, R. Cook A.J. Cattle Practice Vol 15 2007
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Alin Borleanu

Have a curious mind, never give up and always be positive. Don’t be afraid of having a hands-on approach - without getting your hands dirty in this sector, you will ...

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Sally Shepherd

I love all things practical, getting stuck in and learning on the job

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Mark Ballard

I love the practical side, the things I could never do at the city farms in London – such as the tractor driving and the sheep work on a large-scale. ...

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