Newton Rigg students describe college life
Will Horsley and Natalie Errington are both from farming families and are students at Newton Rigg College.
They are learning new techniques and skills to take back to their farms once their courses are finished.
Our reporter Lori Carnochan joined almost four hundred guests at the opening of the new dairy unit at Newton Rigg college.
The new unit at Newton Rigg is made up of two buildings. One to house the cows and the other for the milking parlour itself.
The new facility will allow students at the college to train using top of the range equipment.
Hundreds of people turned out to see the opening of the new parlour. It gives Newton Rigg the ability to offer tudents a much better insight into the realities of Dairy farming.
Lord Curry of Kirkharle, the Bishop of Carlisle, representatives from the farming industry and college dignitaries were among four hundred guests welcomed to Newton Rigg's Penrith campus to celebrate the new Dairy Unit's official opening.
The herd was wiped out in 2001 and has since been built back up to 151 cows and heifers. The new dairy unit will enable Newton Rigg students to learn the dairy trade in a state of the art facility.
Event organiser Brian Richardson, the Chief Executive of the H&H Group says that the local economy as a whole will benefit from hosting such a large event.
The event has attracted international interest, with delegates from Pakistan and India as well as judges from Canada, Holland and the USA. Mark Reuth from Wisconsin made the trip to Carlisle to judge the Holstein classes and told ITV how impressed he has been with the quality of the livestock
Record numbers of livestock entries are expected at the UK Borderway Dairy Expo in Cumbria, which is in its third year. Organisers of the event said 6,000 people would attend, including delegates from as far afield as Pakistan and India, with judges from Holland, Canada and the USA.
An environmentalist who says sheep farming wrecks the fells met with Cumbrian hill farmers.
George Monbiot wrote in his book that sheep farming is ‘a slow-burning ecological disaster’ that ‘has done more damage to the living systems of this country than either climate change or industrial pollution'.
He met the Cumbria Commoners and Cumbria Young Commoners in Newton Rigg but they disagreed with his findings.
The flooding in the south of England is a story that's dominated the headlines for weeks now. While the attention is often on people and their homes, a story less often reported is the impact it has on the farming community.
Cumbria and southern Scotland has had its own share of flooding problems and farming is a major part of our industry. Our Correspondent Hannah McNulty has been speaking to those trying to help.
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