Dairy workers at Northamptonshire college ‘told jobs are at risk’ after review of courses

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A number of herdsmen employed by Moulton College to look after its cattle have been told they are at risk of redundancy.

The dairy staff care for the cows that agriculture students use to practice their farming skills, a course the college has offered since at least the 1950s.

However the Chron understands that about half-a-dozen dairy staff have been told they may lose their jobs in December. Some herdsmen live with their families on college grounds as part of their contract so would lose their home too.

The college is also looking to get rid of the 200 cattle they look after.

Moulton College said it was reviewing its courses to ensure they offered training appropriate for modern agriculture.

A spokeswoman said: “In response to the government’s Agri-Tech strategy and ensuring Moulton continues to meet the needs of the agriculture sector in the county and region, we are currently reviewing the farming enterprises we operate.

“This is to ensure that in the future they continue to reflect current farming practice where demand for trained staff is strong.

“No final decision has yet been made regarding the existing enterprises, whilst we consider alternatives based on the high tech approach that the industry is currently taking.”