Stoke-on-Trent student’s talent to choose winning livestock!
8 February 2018 Local News
A youngster from Stoke on Trent is amongst those who have selected pigs which have taken top prizes at a premier livestock show.
The year 10 pupils, who are aged between 14 and 15, chose six Large White x Landrace pigs for entry into the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society’s Winter Fair.
The pupils, who all hope to work in the farming industry, study at Reaseheath for 1 day a week on their Key stage 4 Vocational Opportunities Programme along with their GCSE studies at school.
Cameron Evans, from the Discovery Academy, is one of the team who used their newly learned skills in livestock handling and care to weigh the pigs and study the show criteria before making their selection. The pigs, which were reared in Reaseheath’s commercial pig unit, were awarded one second and two third prizes in the native breed, gilt and boar classes against strong regional competition.
Cameron said: “It’s great learning about sheep and pigs because we get to handle them and clean them out. As soon as I get home I want to come back again.”
As well as working with the pigs the youngsters enjoy practical tasks with dairy cows and in the sheep unit. They also experience tractor driving, looking at the college’s cropping systems and study the environmental impact of farming.
After two years they earn a level 1 Diploma in Land-based Studies, which gives them a head start in their chosen career.
Picture Caption: Course manager Julie Baskerville with Cameron Black (Bishop Heber High School, Malpas), Robert Heathcote (home schooled), Tai Brooks (Bishop Heber High School), James Cork (Madeley High School), Sam Perch (Brine Leas School, Nantwich), Chad Steadman(Westwood College, Leek) and Cameron Evans (The Discovery Academy).