Thursday, 4 October 2012

Students battles it out on the tractors

NEW agriculture students at Duchy College Rosewarne got competitive this week as they tested their tractor-driving skills in the first ploughing match of the term.

Diploma and apprenticeship students got to drive two of the college's tractors, both fitted with different type ploughs – a New Holland T 5070 and a John Deere 6630.

Each student was assigned a plot and tried their hand at ploughing ready to be judged by lecturer Roger Talling.

Phil Pengelly, course manager, said: "During the course students have to undertake their tractor proficiency test so a ploughing match is a good way for them to improve their driving technique.

"It requires a lot of skill – you have to take your time, make careful alterations to the plough and drive steadily to gain clear furrow definition.

"There were quite a few novices in the group but they all had a go and enjoyed it."

Ian Rowe, from Truro, said: "I like driving tractors so I really enjoyed it and it's good practise. I like the John Deere the best as it's bigger and we don't have one at home."

Winner Nathan Collins, from Newquay, said: "I'm glad I won, I enjoyed it, it's great to get out and drive the tractors."
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