Agriculture Centre

Welcome to Houghall's exceptional agricultural centre!

Located just outside Durham city centre, Houghall has been providing first-class land-based education for over 85 years. We have trained countless students in agriculture and have earned a reputation for excellence.

In 2017, the college invested £3.5 million into redeveloping our agriculture centre to bring it closer to the college's main entrance and ensure that our facilities are of the highest standard.

Our agriculture centre is equipped with cutting-edge facilities that accurately simulate real-world conditions in the agriculture industry. So, Houghall's agriculture centre, you'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience on a full, working farm, just like in the real world.

Our facilities are superb, and you can expect to find everything you need to succeed, including:

  • Pig Unit - complete with air conditioning
  • Cattle Unit - with 6 large pens and forage storage
  • Crop storage - secure facility for storing harvested crops
  • Huge Estate - with acres upon acres of arable land
  • Crop Growing - including winter wheat, barley, spring beans and lupins
  • Sheep Unit - with lambing season every year
  • On-site butchery to process meat - supplying the college canteen and Durham University
  • Agricultural Machinery - including tractors and seed bed preparation machinery

The college has invested in tech too. The college recently purchased a £70,000 TenStar Tractor Simulator to support students with their farm machinery practical skills with programmes to train using a tractor, car and trailer, telehandler and forrester.

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