With the academic year coming to an end, Agriculture students from Coleg Cambria Llysfasi look back at the busy year in the college, which included industrial visits, trip to Ireland and work experience in Germany as part of their course.  

In April 2017, 22 students from the college travelled to Germany for two weeks’ work experience on various different farms.

Abi Gough, 17 from Mold and Catherine Howells, 17 from Llanfyllin stayed on a farm near a village called Klostermoor in the North West of Germany. The farm had 260 dairy cows with four Lely milking robots and young stock.

During their stay they undertook many tasks including feeding calves every morning and evening, turning out incalf heifers and multiple other husbandry tasks.  They also got the opportunity to learn new skills despite the language barrier.

Both who thoroughly enjoyed the trip said:

“While we stayed on the farm in Germany they looked after us extremely well and we did manage to teach each other new words with Google translate on hand!   At the weekend we spent the day in Leer where we had a guided tour around the town hall and later had a boat trip before going for a tea ceremony.

“On Bank Holiday Monday we went to a festival which was to celebrate the opening of a boat that takes cars across the river and to celebrate ‘Labour Day’.   On the last night, we hosted a BBQ at our farm where all the students and the host families came for a get together and we took them on a tour around the farm. It was nice to see everyone and have a catch up before the journey home.

“Overall, we’ve had an amazing experience which we will always remember and we are very thankful that the college gave us this opportunity. In the future, we would love to return to Germany.”

“This trip was a great opportunity for our students to hone their arable and livestock skills,” added Elin Roberts, Agricultural Lecturer.

“The host farms were an excellent example of innovative agriculture, and our students have been very fortunate to benefit from this experience.  We have now established an excellent relationship with the farmers and hope to return with groups of students on an annual basis.”

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