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Red Poll cattle wins red rosette at South Suffolk Show

24 May 2017

A group of students took some Red Poll cattle to the South Suffolk Show and triumphed in livestock classes.

The learners - all studying at the Suffolk campus of Easton and Otley College - have been working hard to get the cattle used to being handled.

A common sight around the college was to see farm students taking the cows for a walk.

The six Red Poll cattle arrived at the college in January thanks to a link up with the Euston estate and the Red Poll Cattle Society. In that time, a calf was born at around the same time as the storm that hit Britain and as a result of this, students nicknamed the new arrival Doris.

Doris wasn’t at the South Suffolk Show that took place at Ampton near Bury St Edmunds on Sunday - but one of the herd kicked up a different kind of storm by winning the maiden heifer class and reserve champion in the Red Poll championship class. Another Red Poll was highly commended in the championship class.

Agricultural lecturer, Paula Bidmead, said, “The students put in lots of hard work in the run up to this event. They were guided in their success thanks to the support of my colleagues Megan Jenkins and Michael Mumford. It was a great day and we can’t wait for the Suffolk and Royal Norfolk shows later in the year.”