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.


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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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Dr. Adebayo Asolo


Dr. Adebayo Asolo has been teaching on our range of Animal Management courses and the International Agriculture degree programmes for 10 years. With broad-based veterinary experience of about 3 decades in domestic pets, livestock/poultry and polo horses, he brings an unrivalled range of industry experience with his impressive CV, including time spent in Africa working with organisations such as Pfizer Animal Health Pharmaceuticals, Livestock Feeds PLC and the Lagos Polo Club. He has worked extensively as veterinary consultant to the government and various large livestock organisations in Africa, caring for over a million poultry birds and thousands of large animals, including ruminants, pigs and rabbits. He has also spent time working in an agricultural production/marketing establishment in the United Kingdom.

During his working career, Ade has found the time to qualify as a barrister and solicitor, and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2006, working for a time in a highbrow legal firm as a barrister, before moving back into veterinary and animal care.

Outside of the College, Ade continues to work as an expert veterinarian and law adviser and is an ordained church minister. He has authored and published over twenty books. With his multidisciplinary skills and talents, Ade is a member of the Nigerian Medical Veterinary Association (NVMA), Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) and Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). 


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Masters of Business Administration (MBA – Marketing Management), Lagos State University, Nigeria.
Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), Lagos State University, Nigeria
Barrister-at-Law, (BL) - called to the Bar in 2006 through the Nigerian Law School
Cert.HWM - Advanced Practice Certificate in Housing & Welfare Management
SIA – UK Security Industry Authority Licenced. CCTV Operations (Public Space Surveillance) & Door Supervision

Subject Specialisms:
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Agro-Veterinary Business & Law
  • Studies in Parasitological, Biochemical and Pathological changes in Trypanosomal infected New Zealand breed of Rabbits. – Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
  • Marketing Mix of Eggs. – Department of Business Administration, Lagos State University, Nigeria.
  • A Critical Appraisal of Testamentary Succession in administration of Estate in Nigeria - Faculty of Law, Lagos State University, Nigeria

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