Brinsbury shines at country shows

Written by Eleanor on 19th June 2019

It has been a jubilant June for the students, staff and animals at Brinsbury College.

The college has been celebrating a winning a whole host of awards at two recent country shows.

They brought home dozens of prizes from this month’s South of England Show and the Surrey Show.

The college farm’s dairy herd in particular were in the spotlight. They were named Dairy Champion (Surrey Show), Any Other Dairy Breed Champion (South of England Show), Ayrshire Champion (South of England) and Reserve Supreme Dairy Champion (South of England), as well as coming first in the Dairy Pairs (South of England).

The farm’s Berkshire pigs were also recognised, taking first place at the Surrey Show – while across the border Olive was named Interbreed Pig Champion (South of England).

And the college’s animal centre came away from the Surrey Show with multiple ribbons for their distinctive Jacob Sheep, including Reserve Breed Champion for Titan (one of the ram lambs).

It wasn’t all about the animals though. A team of horticulture students took second place for their show garden at the South of England Show, which featured a deforestation and regrowth concept.

The Brinsbury stand at the South of England Show also impressed judges and was awarded second place in the ‘Discover the Countryside Zone’.

Brinsbury farm manager Alex Hollands said: “We have had a brilliant few weeks on the show circuit.

“The students and staff, across the whole of the campus, have worked incredibly hard over these past few months and that has been recognised through this raft of awards.

“We always set the bar high for our students, and once again they have achieved above and beyond our expectations.

“We are all over the moon and extremely proud of everyone – including our cows, sheep and pigs!”