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College Enjoys Successful Royal Norfolk Show

12 July 2017

Agricultural staff and students from the college were celebrating after scooping a host of livestock awards.

All in all the team (who had students based in both Norfolk and Suffolk) collectively claimed three first places, two thirds, a fourth, a fifth and a sixth in cattle classes with Red Poll and commercial beef. They also received two seconds, two thirds and two fourths in sheep competitions with Norfolk Horns and butchers lambs.

Jade Lanham from the agricultural department of the college, said, “Lots of work goes into this and it’s a challenge. It’s hard to be successful at a big show like this so I’m very pleased.”

17 year old Tom Martin from Downham Market was involved in sheep showing. He said, “By taking part in the show, you learn something new every time. I used to come here as a youngster so I love it. I think the Royal Norfolk Show is very important for the county and I’m delighted to be part of this team. You couldn’t have asked for more. I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Aside from gaining rosettes in livestock competitions, in other farming news, the first ever Norfolk Agricultural Apprentice of the year was crowned. The competition was set up and judged by the college, Fram Farmers and the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and it saw Molly Sellar - who works in Snetterton - win top honours.

The main marquee also received a reserve champion accolade in the category of best educational stand.

In other areas of the show, floristry students gained a silver gilt medal for their design that was a hit with visitors in the flower tent.

Other departments that were able to showcase what they had to offer included animal studies, construction, equine, horticulture, public services and sport.

College spokesperson, John Nice, said, “It’s always great to win awards, yet more than that, this occasion is a chance for the college to showcase everything that we do to thousands of people over two very special days in June.”

A range of photos from this year's Royal Norfolk Show can be seen on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/eastonotley/posts/1551606478224161

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