John bringing experience to his farm manager role at college

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Northumberland College has appointed a new farm manager for it Kirkley Hall and Carlcroft sites.

John Charlton will be in charge of the facilities near Ponteland and in the Coquest Valley.

Marcus Clinton, vice-principal of enterprise and innovation at the college, said: “This appointment enables us to keep developing the farm and provide a first class venue for agricultural training as the number of agricultural students and apprentices continues to grow at the college.

“We are grateful to Mid Northumberland Crop Services who have provided stability for us over the last four years and will continue to work closely with them as well as the wider agricultural community.

“Our plans are to ensure Kirkley Hall is firmly at the centre of this community and training the next generation of farmers.”

The college’s stock includes a herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus, a commercial herd of Limousin suckler cows, a commercial flock of mules at Kirkley Hall and Scottish Blackface sheep at Carlcroft.

Gloucester Old Spot pigs will be introduced soon along with a pedigree flock of Texel sheep.

John, from Morpeth, brings 20 years’ experience of arable and livestock farming to the role.

He will oversee the introduction of the new breeds as well as establish many new opportunities for students.

These will include showing stock at the Northumberland County Show next May where the college will once again provide support through sponsorship.