A group of agriculture students from Cornwall have benefitted from a trip to the NEC in Birmingham to visit LAMMA 20, the UK’s largest farm machinery and technology event.

The Duchy College students spent two days exploring the 650 plus exhibitors who packed the halls with the latest farming machinery, equipment and innovative technology.

They also stopped off at Kingshay Farming near Glastonbury to see first-hand the new dairy research unit.

The £1.36 million, 180-cow dairy unit provides a truly innovative environment for the development, testing and demonstration of new technologies and techniques to support sustainable, efficient and high health and welfare milk production.

Student, Ursula Owen, said it was a “brilliant trip”.

“We packed so much into the days, it was great to see all the new equipment and technologies at LAMMA and then to see how new technologies are being put into practice at Kingshay,” she added.

Agriculture Programme Manager, Robin Littlewood, said all the students and staff really enjoyed themselves and learned a great deal.

“They got to see the new machinery and technology at LAMMA, then experienced some new technologies and techniques in the dairy industry at Kingshay,” he explained.

“It really opens up their eyes to all the new opportunities that are out there.”

Duchy College Stoke Climsland is building research and learning centre Future Farm, which will opens its doors this year to students and research groups.

For more information on the range of agriculture courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit www.duchy.ac.uk or call 0845 60 50 455.