Guillaume Franklin is one of our second-year scholarship students and has written the following report on his Agriculture course at Harper Adams University.

Starting my first term at Harper Adams University I look back and wonder where the time as gone! My second year at Harper Adams University has been even better than the first year. The University has been providing first class teaching and research for us to absorb. It’s not surprising that the university is the top agricultural university in the country for employment by industry and second globally.

Before Christmas I applied for the Greenlanes Farming Scholarship and placement for my third year. The Harper Adams Development Trust manage just under half a million pounds of industry scholarships including agricultural scholarships from KWS, Syngenta, McDonald’s, Velcourt, Rabobank, Genius genetics and of course the one I was successful in achieving Greenlanes Farming. Harper Adams is dedicated to this placement year and the industry links it generates.  It is a hub of applied research providing data for DEFRA and other organisations.

I start placement on the 8th July, the Monday after the Kent County Show and can’t wait. I shall be taking on the roll as Junior Manager of a calf unit that produced 5,000 cattle in 2018 and expecting to rear 9,000 in 2019. I shall also be the company’s Data Manager; this farms’ business success has been partly down to precision and data recording make efficiencies, linking back to Harper Adams University which has been granted the title National Centre of Precision Farming. I shall be spending a year working at Greenlanes, West Sussex before my final year.

Before placement I have had a busy time lambing at Four Winds Farm near Tonbridge over the Easter holidays including lambing my first set of quads of which the first was breach. Between this, somehow I have managed to complete two assignments due at the beginning of third term. The first was about crop protection of winter wheat, this involved advising which pesticides to use. The second is a farm animal production assignment where I’m looking at how to improve the fertility of beef cattle through nutrition and body condition score management, both linking to the endocrine system.

I have the joy of summer exams which start on 21 May and finish on 12 June. After the dreaded summer exams, we have the best event at Uni, the HAU Summer Ball which has some of the best artists preforming. In the past Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Mabel and many more have been acts at the 4 till 4 ball. So far this year we have had Radio 1, The Wurzzels and Blonde that are all put on by one of the best rated Student Union’s in the country.  But the best event to come yet is the Kent County Show 2019 featuring the International Dzhigitovka Show Cossak Stunt Riding Team, as well as everyone’s favourites including cattle judging and Show Jumping. I shall be stewarding at the Kent County Show, hopefully on one of the livestock events. I also look forward to the Show to see many people within the agricultural industry that are friends and colleagues. The Show is a great time to catch up and will hopefully get the best weather. See you all at the Kent County Show!