There has been a major investment made to the facilities at Gurteen Agricultural College over the past 12 months, with the addition of a new milking parlour and now a new sheep shed. Work is also progressing on an impressive new cubicle shed.

Part of the new sheep shed was already in place but was used as a general purpose shed. This has been extended and fully fitted with sheep barriers throughout. The farm has a flock of 450 ewes, split between an 80-ewe early lambing flock aiming to lamb down in January, and 370 ewes lambing from March onwards. The split flock allows more students to get hands-on experience in lambing. “We are a teaching farm, so that has to be at the core of what we do on the farm and will shape a lot of the management decisions and the systems we run,” said Ken Flynn, farm manager. The college currently has 500 students registered between full-time and part-time courses who get to take full advantage of the 1,000ac college farm.