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Latest News from the High Weald Academy Farm

Autumn is a very exciting time for all of us on the farm.  The new term has seen a new crop of Year 7 students arrive at The High Weald Academy and there has been a lot of interest in the Farm and the Young Farmers Club.  We will try and get them involved as much as possible.

There are some new and exciting ideas being put forward to promote the use of the farm within the Curriculum which is great news for our students.

During the holiday, along with all the day to day tasks, we completed several additional jobs including topping all of our paddocks, creosoting the cattle barn and weaning all of the lambs.

At the end of August a small team of students and stock along with parents and helpers attended the Edenbridge and Oxted Show.  All of the animals were placed with three of our home bred lambs winning Reserve Show Champions against very strong competition.

The farm relies on, and indeed receives tremendous support from many people and organisations. Most recently, a top of the range yard blower was donated by Mr & Mrs Brown [M&A Brown & Sons Ltd], whose son Theo is one of our Year 8 Young Farmers. The machine will be a great help in keeping the farm yard tidy with a lot less sweeping needed! 

Mr Brown also kindly made a massive donation of big bales of straw which he has baled, carted and stored on our behalf and will deliver as and when we need it throughout the winter.  This will make a huge saving for the farm and ensure our supply especially as there are predicted shortages of straw due to the hot summer and the price has already risen dramatically.

Our latest litter of pigs is just over 2 weeks old now.   For the next two weeks we will concentrate on getting ready for our Academy Open Days where we hope lots of visitors will stop by the farm.

Always looking ahead we have to plan now when to put the rams in with the ewes or there will be no Lambing Weekend in the spring! 

Christmas is just around the corner and preparations for the fatstock shows are already well under way. So all in all a hectic end to this year and we are already looking forward to next!

Nick Cooper
Farm Manager