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Suffolk Show 2017

Easton and Otley shows farming commitment at 2017 Suffolk Show

6 June 2017

From the main marquee to the livestock rings and beyond, Easton and Otley College proudly showed its commitment to agriculture at the 2017 Suffolk Show.

Visitors to the college’s largest stand were treated to a farming theme based around food from the field to the fork.

Thanks to a link up with Brace and Hook, locally sourced produce was created via cookery demonstrations. The general public also got to test their farming credentials by having a go on a tractor and a drone simulator game.

Agricultural students were involved in showing livestock in a variety of different classes, building on a reserve champion win at the South Suffolk Show with a number of successes. In all (at the time of going to press), they received two first places, two thirds, two fourths, two fifths and a seventh place.

Agriculture lecturer, Paula Bidmead, said, “It has been a fantastic show for Easton and Otley as a whole – but from my perspective I was delighted with how things went on the farming side. The students competed against really strong competition with the commercial sheep and Red Poll cattle.

“We had lots of success and the students enjoyed the experience. They learned to look after stock in difficult conditions and they represented the college exceptionally well.

“This is the go to place in Suffolk to meet the farming community face to face so this was a great opportunity to talk to future employers,” she added.

The college also won a number of other awards at The Suffolk Show. The horticultural and floristry department picked up a silver gilt for their stand in the flower tent.

Garden designers won best design and a silver gilt for their mini-golf themed creation. And bricklaying students Sam Stone and Scott Claydon came first in a construction skills competition.

College spokesperson, John Nice, added, “Whilst our commitment to farming is absolute, the event was a great opportunity for us to showcase all of our departments. The weather was perfect and the feel good factor that was created by attending the show made it a pleasure to be involved.”