Field To Fork Project

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Energy Saving Light changes across Campus

As part of Reaseheath College’s commitment to improving environmental sustainability the Estates team have been making changes to the lighting over several years and in fact are now in the second generation of changing light bulbs and fittings to be more economical in their usage.

In all new build projects and refurbishments, the College now use lower energy LED lights instead of the old style incandescent or halogen high-energy light bulbs.  LED bulbs and fittings have reduced energy running costs and are designed to last 20-50 times longer than traditional incandescent lamps, the potential savings associated with them can be huge.

As a general rule, LED light bulbs use around 10% of the energy of incandescent light bulbs, as indicated by their equivalent wattages.

Additionally, lights are replaced in areas where the College thinks significant savings in electricity usage could be made such as – Equine arena, Construction works shops, Engineering workshops, REAA building, the farm sheds and also the external street and building lights.

Below are examples of how the college has reduced energy consumption by exchanging light bulbs

 

FARM

Location
Robotic Milking Data Centre Lely
Existing 1500W 1260W
New 960W 708W

So the farm has seen a 36% reduction in energy use in the Robotic Milking area and a 43.8% reduction in the Data Lely Centre.

 

EQUINE ARENA LIGHTS

 

EXISTING LIGHTS AVERAGE COSTS 

EXISTING LIGHTS POWER QUANTITY HOURS PER WEEK DAYS PER WEEK WEEKS PER YEAR ANNUAL HOURS ANNUAL KwH
LOW BAY 400W 42 8 5 50 2000 33,600

 

NEW LED LIGHTS AVERAGE COSTS 

NEW LIGHTS POWER QUANTITY HOURS PER DAY DAYS PER WEEK WEEKS PER YEAR ANNUAL HOURS ANNUAL KwH
LED 156W 42 8 5 50 2000 13,104

 

The lighting in the Equine arena energy usage has been reduced by a huge 61%.

Field to Fork

At the end of December 2020 the college’s Arla milk contract changed as part of their “Every calf has a value” initiative.  This change means that every calf life has to be sustained, no healthy calf to be slaughtered or euthanised on the farm within 8 weeks of life to allow all calves not entering the food chain to be reared as beef cattle.  The college farm was ahead of the game as in 2019 the farm had already started to look at more sustainable calf rearing and had moved to breed the top 25% of the dairy herd to sexed semen which resulted in more females being produced and the rest were bred to Aberdeen Angus semen so 75% of the herd gave birth to Aberdeen Angus crosses.  This meant that the farm were getting beef calves from a dairy animal leading to a more sustainable use of the cattle, removing waste and a more ethical way of raising calves.

Reaseheath College were already comfortable with the newer sustainable Arla 2020 change by time it came about, so in April 2021 the college was ready to switch breeding from Aberdeen Angus to Wagyu.  The college teamed up with Warrendale Wagyu ( Warrendale-wagyu.co.uk ) and we now have a contract to sell our Wagyu beef animals to them at a premium who then sell to the big supermarket leaders such as Waitrose and have very successful beef boxes which can be purchased online direct through the Warrendale website, 24 restaurants in the UK purchase their Wagyu beef from Warrendale.

The college has used our Angus animals at college for meat use, the farm have raised the Angus animal and once it has reached the optimum size, it is sent to Jackson’s Abbatoir to be quartered and brought back to the college food department to be butchered by our butchery students and made to order for the canteen to use for student and staff meals, or to be sold via the Online Store as part of a promotion for staff such as the Valentine’s Steak offer.

There are plans in place to expand the field to fork initiative into the rearing of pigs and lamb at college.  This will involve the purchase of a small selection of pigs, preferably rare breed pigs rather than the large white pigs.  We have a new flock of sheep on the farm and are rapidly approaching lambing season and hopefully later in the year we will be able to send some of our lambs off to be prepared for food for the canteen and online shop.  The ultimate aim is for Reaseheath College to have premium cuts of meat to be sold with the college field to fork branding via an onsite shop, online store or café to members of the public and staff, the meat products could be sold alongside home grown salad and vegetable produce harvested from the innovative Vertical farm and glasshouse.

The Nantwich Show
Wednesday 27 July 2022

The whole family can enjoy this unique springtime experience. Children will always remember seeing lambs being born! Doors open 10am – 4pm.

Get Set for September
31st August

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Summer Applicant Visits

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Further Education

The 2020 Reaseheath Junior Cake-Off

A French Adventure…

Students help with on farm coppicing

Reaseheath Level 2 arboriculture students have been undertaking practical habitat enhancement works at Charity Farm, near Bangor-on-Dee.