FarmLink at Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Rodway Farm
At FarmLink we provide opportunities for over 35,000 children annually to learn and gain an appreciation of how food is produced, its impact on the countryside and to recognise how we can all contribute in a positive way on the local environment.
This is done through a number of carefully planned curriculum based topics which are delivered to primary school students at the College farm or we visit schools and deliver a topic of your choice in an assemblies’ or class groups. To find out more details of our current assemblies’ and Farm visits please email firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more about Farmlink visit www.farmlink.org.uk.
Bridgwater & Taunton College’s Rodway Farm is a friendly and busy place which provides the ideal environment in which students studying Agriculture can make the most of their learning. Students have the opportunity to learn on a real working farm and have plenty of hands-on experience. This makes it one of the leading providers of agricultural training and education.
Rodway Farm is home to about 270 dairy cows. It is equipped with a state of the art milking parlour which contains some of the latest technology in the dairy industry. This amazing facility, combined with hard work and commitment, results in the production of approximately 7,000 litres of milk per day.
There are also about 230 ewes which produce hundreds of lambs during early spring. This is a great time of year to visit the farm and hopefully see some lambs being born. Another good time to visit is early summer when the temperature starts to rise and the sheep need shearing. This is a busy time so it’s all hands on deck to free them of their winter wool.
Rodway Farm is situated in 180 hectares which is not only used for our grazing sheep but for arable production. There is a cropping rotation programme where they grow spring wheat and maize together with Italian ryegrass and red clover. The farm workers and students work hard to ensure that the ground is ploughed, drilled and fertilised in order to produce good quality crops ready to harvest.
When you visit Rodway Farm you will be given a guided tour. You will have the opportunity to meet the cows, see how the dairy parlour works and visit the calves. This will be followed by a visit to the sheep paddocks and a walk to see what is being grown in the fields. There is always something going on at Rodway Farm so you will also get to see some shearing, foot trimming, calves or lambs being born, the tractors hard at work and much, much more!