NEWTON Rigg Agricultural College in Cumbria has appointed Matthew Bagley as its new head of agriculture.
A hill farmer and sheep specialist, he joins Newton Rigg from Reaseheath College in Cheshire. He is an active member of the National Sheep Association (NSA), who has worked with the Liverpool Vet School, is a member of the Sheep Vet Society and is currently involved in a number of sheep-related trials with Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (ADAS).
Mr Bagley said: “With the pressures of providing food for the world’s growing population, the challenges for tomorrow’s farmers cannot be underestimated.
“Working with young people to provide first class education across the land-based sector is not only a privilege, but vital to the success of Britain’s agricultural industry and efficient food production.”
Newton Rigg Principal Wes Johnson said: “I am delighted to welcome Matt to the Newton Rigg team.
“We have sought long and hard for the right person for this extremely important role, and I know he will be pivotal to our education of the farmers and agri business leaders of tomorrow.”
The appointment is part of efforts to boost the college’s land-based education offering after its running was taken over by Askham Bryan College, based near York, in 2011.