Agricultural college sees 100% increase in women studying agriculture

Louise Fletcher Principal of the Lamb and Horse School at Moulton College

Louse Fletcher said employers have never had a problem with having women in agriculture

The number of female farmer trainees at a college has doubled in the past two years, he said.

Moulton College, Northamptonshire, said the rise was “absolutely fantastic”.

Louise Fletcher, director of the lamb and equine breeding school, said more women posting career information on social media was having a positive effect.

Robyn Beale, a student, said: ‘People will tell you ‘you’re a woman – you can’t do this’, but you can.

Enrollment of full-time students aged 18-21 in agricultural streams has increased from 49 in 2020-21 to 86 for the current academic year.

Among these figures, the number of women rose from nine (18% of students) to 21 (24%).

Jessica Byford

Jessica Byford said she wanted to be a farmer because she loves ‘working with my hands’

Freshman Jessica Byford, from Rushden, said she was encouraged to study after going to the college open day and seeing “lots of girls”.

“I think social media is a big influence; there are a lot of women on social media now who are influencing agriculture and why you should join them,” she said.

Robyn Beale

Robyn Beale learned about livestock, machinery, new technologies and sustainability, in her class, she said

“Women have always been in farming, but it’s a male-dominated industry,” said second-year student Ms Beale.

“They encourage all types of people to enter the agricultural industry.

“They make it very clear that everyone is welcome and that social media is influential and people are not afraid to get into it now.

“You will always have challenges,

“It’s more about your state of mind.”

Agriculture students at Moulton College, Northamptonshire

“The course has become quite modern, we are doing a lot for the future of farming and where it is going,” said Robyn

Ms Fletcher said: “We’ve had an increase of over 100 per cent in the number of women attending our agriculture course over the past two years, which is absolutely fantastic.

“I think a lot of that is because there is more promotion of women in agriculture [agriculture] now; there are a lot of social media stars who insist on being a woman and all that they can do in agriculture.”

She said having female speakers has helped and “people are seeing our social media posts of women doing exactly what everyone else is doing and I hope it makes them realize that it’s something they’re doing.” ‘they can do too’.

“Having women in male-dominated areas also brings a fresh perspective,” she added.

Two female students at Moulton College, Northamptonshire

The college provides hands-on experience to practice working with livestock

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