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Students to benefit from seed donation

Students will be able to learn more about game management thanks to a donation of game cover seed. Reaseheath College in Cheshire has received enough Poacher maize, Campaign Mix and Moir Mix to cover five acres of land thanks to sponsorship from Kings.

The college manages an award winning 272 hectare farm and offers a variety of agriculture and game management qualifications for young people. Kings’ seed will be grown across nine different plots on the farm and according to game management course manager Matt Goodall, will bring great shooting value to the college.

Students will establish the crops in the next few weeks, eventually using them to run a shoot day as one of their assessments. The crops will be managed by around thirty students over the next two years, helping them to recognise how the different species work for birds such as pheasants and partridges in providing feed, cover and safe areas.

Matt explains, “The crops are a really useful teaching resource. Rather than me talking about them in a lesson and explaining their benefits alongside pictures, we can actually go outside and look at them in the ground.

“We’re preparing students for what they will encounter in industry during their future careers. They are involved in the whole process, from the farm equipment and herbicides used to the location of the crops, all chosen to achieve the best birds for the day and the best possible shooting from the site. As part of the course, they’ll learn about the conservation aspects involved and how Kings’ crops contribute to this too.

“Meehal, our contact at Kings, has been really helpful. As well as arranging the donation, he has visited the college to talk to students about the role these crops play in game management.”

Meehal Grint, central technical advisor at Kings, says “The Reaseheath students are the future custodians of our countryside and playing a part in their education is important to Kings. The seed we’ve donated will be accompanied by the expert advice throughout the season that all our growers receive and we look forward to working with the college to help the students really benefit from it.”

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