Factfinding trip to the Czech Republic

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Agriculture students at Derby College’s Broomfield Hall campus spent three days in the Czech Republic where they gained an insight into the development of farm machinery.

A total of 17 students from the Morley-based campus were hosted by tractor manufacturing company Zetor, where they were able to test drive the latest machinery, tour the production facility and see the workings of a nearby 6,000-acre farm.

Derby College agriculture lecturer Neil Townley said: “We met Zetor at an agriculture show and were delighted when they invited us over to the Czech Republic.

“This was a great experience for all the first year students involved and showed them different farming methods as well as the equipment manufacturing aspect of the industry.

“The company had also just marked its 70th anniversary so it was great to be part of those celebrations.”

Among the students were Chelsea Chapman, 19, who said: “It was fascinating to see the workings of such an extensive dairy and arable farm and to learn more about the design and manufacture of Zetor’s machinery.”

Derby College has campuses in Morley, Ilkeston and Derby and offers a wide range of courses including agriculture, animal care, beauty, floristry, cookery, public services and many more.

For more information, please visit www.derby-college.ac.uk or call 0800 0280289.