Students benefit from practical work on farms as part of all their courses, as well as work experience placements at relevant companies to help build up their experience and knowledge of the industry.
In addition to Riseholme Park Farm, which surrounds the Riseholme Campus, the college has partnerships with several local farms and related businesses across Lincolnshire, including Roy Ward Farms Ltd and Lockwood Estates, which allows students to gain valuable experience.
Students also benefit from working on the 410-hectare Bishop Burton College Farm, in East Yorkshire, which is a Centre of Vocational Excellence for Agriculture. The college farm is split between arable and grassland for livestock including sheep, dairy and beef. There is also a high-welfare commercial pig unit.
Our tutors have strong agricultural experience and are specialist industry experts who employ real-time market intelligence. Students benefit from:
- Being part of a UK Centre of Agricultural Excellence
- Numerous field trips, visits and high-profile guest speakers
- College competitions like Stockmanship and external competitions such as the Cereals Challenge
- Gaining valuable experience at college events such as Lambing Sunday at Bishop Burton.
Agriulture students at Riseholme College also get to grips with precision agriculture using state-of-the-art technology, including a tractor simulator at the new Showground Campus.
They also learn to operate drones to evaluate crop growth and management.
With a proud tradition of delivering practical agricultural education for more than 60 years, generations of farmers have developed the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the sector at Riseholme.
All our Further Education and degree students build their skills on commercial enterprises which utilise the latest technology and prepare them for employment.
The development of these practical skills in real working environments is one of the reasons the college has some of the highest student success rates in the country, and why we were awarded the Association of Colleges (AoC) Beacon Award for Practical Teaching and Practical Learning in 2013.
As the only provider of land-based Further Education in the UK's premier agricultural county, we are proud to say there is no-where better to launch a career in farming.
Riseholme College adopted the principles of Integrated Farm Management many years ago. We have been members of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) since 1996. Our policy is to take a holistic approach to the management of all aspects of a farm, to the betterment of the environment, livestock and business.
Any farming activity is a genuinely mixed operation, with crop rotations planned to maintain soil, plant and animal health. A recent evolution, for example, has been to reintroduce two-year grazing grass leys onto the arable farm, and to cease the use of rented in permanent grass for sheep production. This will:
- Culturally control blackgrass and other noxious weeds
- Improve soil structure and increase organic matter, which in turn will reduce nitrate leaching, make soils easier to cultivate (therefore saving diesel) and store more carbon in the soil
- Provide clean grazing for ewes and lambs, dramatically cutting use of worming products.
Another example is that all manure and slurry (solid gold and liquid gold) is returned to land, at the optimum time to the optimum crops, resulting in very high average yields, minimal pollution and a drastically reduced carbon footprint, as bought in nitrogen fertiliser quantities are 40% less than intensive arable units of similar scale. No phosphate or potash fertiliser is bought in.
Our arable and grassland co-exist with woodland, sensitively managed hedgerows and non-cropped areas among many other voluntary measures aimed at protecting the environment and a range of habitats, as well as increasing biodiversity.