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Agriculture students host mock livestock auction to gain hands-on experience

Animal Care student Daisy Land with Ginger the Jersey Cow at the Wigfield Farm mock auction

Animal Care student Daisy Land with Ginger the Jersey Cow at the Wigfield Farm mock auction

Our Agriculture students stepped into the world of livestock trading through an innovative and educational mock auction.

The mock auction, held at the Wigfield Farm campus, featured Level 2 Agriculture and Level 3 Animal Care students acting as sellers, offering a variety of livestock, including rare and minority breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs.

The buyers, fellow land-based students, were prepared for the auction with bidding cards and money to allow the selling farmers to gain the full auction experience from moving the animals through to receiving the cash.

This interactive event aimed to equip students with the practical hands-on skills and knowledge necessary for successful agriculture and livestock management careers.

Throughout the preparation process, students were involved in all aspects of the auction, learning to evaluate livestock, set realistic prices, understand market trends, and practice auctioneering techniques to attract potential buyers.

Macauley Parkin, Agriculture Course Leader who participated in the event as the auctioneer, added: “The very first Wigfield Farm livestock auction was a great success!

“This mock auction allows our students to immerse themselves in a real-world scenario, understanding the complexities of livestock trading and the market dynamics that they will face in their futures as farmers.

“It was our Agriculture and GCSE teacher, Emily Smith, who came up with the idea to integrate real-life math into the auction. This allowed our GCSE math students to practice calculating VAT, commission, and the pounds to guineas ratio.”

Barnsley College offers full-time vocational courses in Animal Management and Agriculture. For more information and to apply for a course starting in September, visit the Animal Management or Agriculture department pages. Alternatively, contact the Information Team by emailing info@barnsley.ac.uk or calling 01226 216 123.

Animal Care student Harvey Boyes as a farmer selling Ernie the Gloucestershire Old Spot Boar.

Animal Care student Harvey Boyes as a farmer selling Ernie the Gloucestershire Old Spot Boar.

Last updated: 4th June 2024

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