25th April 2016
Kings supports future countryside custodians
Students at Reaseheath College will benefit from Kings’ technical expertise and quality products for a second consecutive year. As they study for their future careers, the support will give students a practical insight into game cover and conservation crop management, how crops can be successfully integrated into sporting estates and their benefits for farm wildlife.
The Cheshire college offers a variety of agriculture and game management qualifications and manages an award winning 272 hectare farm. Following similar support last year, five acres of land will be sown with Poacher maize, Campaign Mix, Moir Mix and Stubbles Mix and accompanied by expert technical advice.
Game management course manager, Matt Goodall, finds the crops a valuable teaching resource, offering students the opportunity to observe and manage game cover and conservation crops as well as learning the theory in the classroom.
"We're delighted to continue our relationship with Kings, their support has been invaluable," he states. "Last year we were able to set up several cover crops on the College's estate which helped hold birds and provided the shoot with much needed new drives."
Students on the course are involved in the whole management process, from crop location to selecting farm equipment and herbicides to achieve the best results. They also learn about the conservation aspects involved and the important role played by Kings’ crops. Students will begin establishing the crops next month, eventually planning a shoot day around them which will be assessed as part of the course.
“The students on the course are involved with the running and management of a small shoot, and learn about the rearing and release of pheasants and partridge and the habitat management and conservation work this entails,” Matt continues. “It gives the students a real insight into what they’ll need to do in their future careers and gives them an idea of soil science, crop location and selection and the benefits cover crops bring to shoots, not only for game birds but for song birds too.
Meehal Grint, central technical advisor at Kings, says “All growers receive expert advice throughout the season when they buy seed from Kings and the same service is provided to these students. Having visited the college to talk about crop establishment and management, it’s clear they are passionate and enthusiastic about the subject and it’s a pleasure to share our expertise and make a positive difference to their future careers in the industry.”
Matt concludes, “As ever, Meehal has been incredibly helpful and the support from Kings is second to none. Without them we wouldn’t have been able to do half of what we’ve done.”