A group of agriculture students from Cornwall have benefitted from a trip to the NEC in Birmingham to visit LAMMA 19, the UK’s largest farm machinery and technology event.
The Duchy College students spent two days exploring the 650 plus exhibitors who packed the halls with the latest farming machinery, equipment and innovative technology.
They also stopped off at Kingshay Farming near Glastonbury to see first-hand the new dairy research unit.
The £1.36 million, 180-cow dairy unit provides a truly innovative environment for the development, testing and demonstration of new technologies and techniques to support sustainable, efficient and high health and welfare milk production.
Student, Henry Baskerville, said it was a “brilliant trip”.
“We packed so much into the days, it was great to see all the new equipment and technologies at LAMMA and then to see how new technologies are being put into practice at Kingshay,” he added.
Another highlight of the trip was a visit to a kart racing circuit, where everyone’s competitive spirit came alive.
Agriculture Programme Manager, Robin Littlewood, said all the students and staff really enjoyed themselves and learned a great deal.
“They got to see the new machinery and technology at LAMMA, then experienced some new technologies and techniques in the dairy industry at Kingshay,” he explained.
“It really opens up their eyes to all the new opportunities there are.”