Services to Business and the Community

Cockle Park is a teaching facility as well as a working farmIn addition to its research and teaching, the school is also involved in a range of important activities and business services:

Services to Agriculture

There are two university farms: Cockle Park and Nafferton.

At the start of the 19th Century, Cockle Park Farm was used as a demonstration site for the farming community in the North-East of England, and the Cockle Park grass seed mixture is still talked about in New Zealand.

Since then, academic staff in the School, involved in teaching and research in all aspects of agriculture and the environment, have continued to work closely with the industry, bringing their expertise and proficiency in leading multi-disciplinary international projects. Where appropriate, facilities at the two university farms are used, although staff are equally involved in collaborations across the UK, Europe and, increasingly, overseas.

Recent projects undertaken for a range of governmental and industry funders include:

  • Expert advice on feed evaluation systems for livestock feed compounders
  • Consultancy on dietary formulation and interpretation of experimental data for the petfood industry
  • Advice on experimental design to maximise value obtained from data
  • Demonstration and workshops on anaerobic digestion at farm-level
  • Evaluation of enzymes, novel dietary additives/supplements for cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry
  • Estimation of the environmental impacts of food production using LCA modelling
  • Coordination of international projects on sustainable food production

The School also hosts the Farm Business Survey.

For further information about the range of services available to the agriculture industry, please contact in the first instance Sandra Edwards, Professor of Agriculture

Services to the Food Industry

Services to the wider Rural Economy

Services to Schools and Further Education

The School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development provides a number of free learning resources to Schools. In addition the Nafferton Ecological Farming Group welcomes enquiries from local Primary and Middle and Special Schools about farm visits, which we can tailor to curriculum requirements.

Student Engagement with Industry and the Community

Students in AFRD have plenty of opportunities to engage with industry during their studies. Our degrees include placements and industry sponsored projects. We also offer PhD opportunities in collaboration with external organisations. To find out more visit our teaching pages. In order to ensure all our degrees are relevant the School convenes an Industrial Advisory Committee at least twice a year.