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University Farm

Not many universities have their own commercial farm on campus. Harper Adams students are able to learn ‘in the field’ on the 550 hectare University Farm.

Through a multi-million pound investment we’ve expanded our dairy and pig units, and created a food research centre and on-farm teaching hub. Livestock include 390 dairy cows and 280 followers, 230 sows, 70,000 hens, two sheep flocks and an intensive beef unit.

The £2 million, leading-edge dairy unit has a 40-point internal rotary milking parlour and a computerised system for identifying cows and recording milk yields. A robotic dairy will help develop advanced technologies to increase productivity and sustainability in UK agriculture.

Soil types vary from a light sandy loam to heavy clay loam. A rotation aimed at maximising first wheat is practised, made possible by the range of break crops on the farm – grass, maize, lucerne, oilseeds and stewardship crops. Up to 24 hectares of grass and arable areas are devoted to staff and student research projects and trials.

Also located here

  • Farm Records Office
  • Weather Station

Harper Farm

  • approx 343 hectares
  • 200 acres arable
  • 200 acres grassland and forage
  • 100 acres conservation, woodland and sports pitches

Tenanted Farm (near the Wrekin)

  • 210 hectares of grass and arable

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