Work Experience

DAIRY BUFFALO WORK EXPERIENCE:

BOOK NOW FOR 2017 –  MOST WEEKS THIS YEAR ARE ALREADY RESERVED!

We offer one week (Monday to Friday) at our buffalo dairy to university students and pupils aged 17 and above who are aiming for a career in agriculture or veterinary science. We can only take one student at a time, working 8:00am – 5:00pm on three days and 5:00am – 5:00pm on two days to help with the morning milking.

This is not a suitable placement for students who are very quiet or easily offended. Applicants must be confident, lively and hard-working and be prepared to ask questions and learn from the dairymen.

Before a buffalo placement is confirmed, students are required to attend one of our informal group interviews and to sign our risk assessment, medical form and behaviour contract. Students under 18 must be accompanied at interview by a parent, who must counter-sign the paperwork.

N.B. We regret that we can no longer offer sheep, cattle, pig or poultry work placements. We cannot offer any longer-term or paid animal work experience, weekend work or free accommodation.

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ABATTOIR NOW CLOSED

Sadly, our on-site abattoir is currently non-operational. Therefore, we are no longer able to offer viewings of humane slaughter from the gallery or the opportunity for students to shadow a vet inside.

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BIODYNAMIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLE GARDEN WORK EXPERIENCE:

Students may be able to work with and learn from our biodynamic experts in our Victorian walled garden, fields, poly-tunnels and orchards. Longer-term placements are available to adult students by negotiation and might be offered to biodynamic college adult students from abroad.
N.B. We cannot provide any transport or accommodation for garden students.

Our walled garden is now open to the public on Friday and Saturday afternoons, giving visitors the opportunity to admire it and to buy some of our delicious seasonal produce, which includes some unusual varieties not available in supermarkets.

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Since 2009, almost 300 students have benefited from a short-term work experience placement on our farm.

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 01256 772837