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Dunbia on board for launch of Colleges state-of-the-art Beef Unit


A truly mixed farm. Thats how Principal Jeanette Dawson described Bishop Burton Colleges award-winning farm following the opening of its brand new Beef Unit.

The unit was opened by Stan Ayrton, group beef procurement manager for leading meat processor Dunbia.

The 200ft x 100ft building will enable the College to finish a large proportion of their dairy bred Continental-cross calves.

Stan was delighted to have been asked to open the new facility: Its a fantastic unit and exactly what the industry needs young people coming into it.

Its a credit to Bishop Burton that theyve built such a unit. Im personally proud to open it, and personally proud to be associated with Bishop Burton College and its new beef enterprise.

Dunbia are happy to support the College and I look forward to working on future projects together.

The unit contains nine pens that can be split into 18 if necessary, and a state-of-the-art handling system designed for cow comfort and human safety using a cow flow system.

The system means cows can be removed from pens with minimum disruption to other pens.

A new hydraulic crush has also been installed in the unit.

The College is now able to rear its dairy progeny on site, which saves money and gives the students the opportunity to get involved in the management and rearing of the dairy replacements.

The latest farm enterprise will also allow the students greater opportunity to get involved in cattle showing and explore marketing opportunities with beef and pedigree animals.

It is also hoped that a pedigree suckler herd will be established in due course.

Agriculture lecturer Helen Martin feels the new unit will be of enormous benefit to agriculture learners.

She said: Due to lack of space, we have only ever had young stock on the site, which were then finished elsewhere.

Now we can work with every stage and the students can get involved with the full production cycle.

This not only broadens their education and develops their skills, but also adds another commercial enterprise to our already successful College farm.

During his tour of the unit, Stan met agriculture students who were halter training some of the Limousin herd and also took the opportunity to view the Colleges other farm enterprises, such as the high-welfare pig unit, sheep unit and dairy.

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