Kingston Maurward Farm provides a valuable teaching resource for our various land-based courses whilst also running as a commercial mixed farming operation, providing financial returns to the college. The result is that students are given the opportunity to be fully involved with commercial arable and livestock systems.
The Farm is fully farm-assured for the dairy, crops (ACCS), beef and sheep (FABBL) managed by SAl Global, which qualifies us to use the Red Tractor Logo on our produce.
Our farm is a working farm and our students and staff face the same challenges of food price fluctuations, pests, diseases and the weather as every other farm. By studying agriculture at Kingston Maurward College you will get plenty of experience on the College Farm which will prove invaluable when you start your career in farming or countryside management.
Kingston Maurward College Farm covers some 280 hectares (700 acres), of typical chalk down land, at an altitude of 50-75m. The main soil type is flinty silty loam over chalk, and is naturally drained, although the water meadows are of peaty gravel. The whole farm is in a Nitrogen Vulnerable Zone.
The arable unit covers 125 hectares to the north of the A35 and is leased from llchester Estates while
85 hectares to the north of the Tincleton Road is used for both arable cropping and grass leys. lt includes our improved pasture used for the dairy cattle and fattening lambs.
The 70 hectares around the main College estate is permanent pasture made up of the water meadows and historic parkland, it is predominantly used for grazing beef cattle, sheep and horses.
The buildings at Stinsford provide handling areas, rearing facilities and accommodation for the sheep, calves and pigs. There are barns for short term storage of harvested cereals, with workshops for the storage and repair of machinery and cultivation equipment.
The purpose built dairy unit is sited at Higher Dairy, here we also have accommodation for young stock with further buildings for the storage of the straw, hay and clamps for maize and grass silage.
The Farm Year
- Workshop preparation and repair of machinery
- Harvesting of maize and late crops (beans)
- Autumn cultivation and sowing
- Calf rearing starts
- March lambing flock prepared for tupping
- Autumn cultivations and sowing
- Housing livestock
- AI service of dairy herd starts
- Scan January lambing flock
- Autumn spraying
- Scan March lambing flock Last of March born lambs sold Housing sheep
- January ewe flock starts lambing
- Machinery repairs and maintenance
- Hedge maintenance
- Fertiliser application to early silage grass
- Practical ploughing lessons for students
- Fencing and hedge maintenance
- Manure spreading
- Ploughing and seed bed preparation for grass and spring cereal
- Calving suckler herd
- March ewe flock starts lambing
- Lambing Weekends for public
- Fertiliser applications
- Prepare maize seed bed
- Drilling maize
- Sales of January born lambs
- First cut of silage
- Second cut silage making
- Fertiliser applications
- Start selling March born lambs
- Tours of the farm yard and Dairy at College Open Day and Country Fair
- Hay making
- Harvesting winter barley and oilseed rape
- Calving starts – home bred calves reared each month
- January lambing flock prepared for tupping
- Harvesting of winter wheat and other crops
- Drilling grass and oilseed rape