North Shropshire College’s (NSC) Agriculture students have been busy shearing the flock of ewes on the Walford Farm, shearing off the woollen fleece ahead of the summer months, which will come as a welcome relief given the current weather! Students have been taking it in turns to learn the skill of shearing from the agriculture staff and specialists brought in, to shear Walford Farm’s flock.
As part of the Agriculture course at NSC student’s study ‘Animal Anatomy and Physiology’ which looks into how farm animals adapt to their environment, such as having a fleece. Andy Clough, Agriculture Lecturer, commented “Shearing is a great experience for the students; it gives them hands on experience with the sheep and greater knowledge of how to handle them. Being able to shear a sheep correctly is a fantastic skill to have and we’ve had students that go a lot further afield to shear, for work placements in places such as New Zealand.”
Agriculture students have returned recently from a trip to New Zealand, where they undertook a three week study tour. At end of this term students from Taratahi Agriculture College, where NSC students stayed during their visit, will be visiting the Walford Campus for a cultural exchange.
There is still time to apply for Agriculture qualifications at NSC, you can apply via our website at www.nsc.ac.uk or you can call our Admissions Team on 01691 688080.