Velcourt offer dairy scholarship for the first time

Dairy Scholar paves the way for a future in dairy management

Harper Adams student Ross Edwards started placement in September 2012 on the south coast of Dorset working with leading farming company Velcourt.

Ross is the first student to be awarded a Velcourt Dairy scholarship which gives him the opportunity to enter the Velcourt management training scheme after graduating from his four year honours degree in Agriculture at Harper Adams.

Having come from a family Beef and sheep farm in Tavistock, Devon; Ross is gaining valuable experience into large Dairy farming. The farm is part of a large estate farming 1200ha around Abbotsbury with 1000 Dairy cows over 2 units, 2500 breeding ewes and 350 store cattle, the farm also has one of the largest HLS stewardship agreements in England and is all situated within NVZ regulations.  

Ross has found himself doing a wide range of tasks from helping with the routine vet visits, field work for the winter wheat whole-crop, relief milking, general tractor work and dry cow management.

Ross says it is proving a great opportunity to put the theory learnt at Harper Adams into practice, for example updating NVZ records and understanding the weekly dairy costings and feed rations.

“Everything is a lot larger scale than I have been used to and I am looking forward to the rest of the year to continue to gain practical experience of Dairy farm management”.

For more information about the Velcourt Scholarship, or the Velcourt livestock management services please contact Nick Shorter.