Bishop Burton and ASDA joined forces in 2014 to launch a partnership which saw the College become a strategic research partner for the retailer and its key meat suppliers.
Working alongside ASDA, students engage in research projects and field trials aimed at improving sustainability in the meat production industry. Rooted in knowledge transfer, the initiative is the first of its kind and aims to unlock significant academic opportunities and promising career prospects for students.
The College projects involve agricultural drone technologies, cattle nutrition trials and CCTV-based research to understand piglet mortality.
The collaboration forms part of ASDA’s Farming for a Better Future initiative, which aims to support five areas of the agricultural sector; education, environment, efficiency, sustainability and quality. At the launch, Jim Viggars, Fresh Senior Buying Manager at ASDA, acknowledged the importance of knowledge transfer within the farming community, and how young people can play a key role in that process.
Students are given exclusive access to leading experts as part of their studies and work closely with industry specialists to deliver applied research projects across a range of agricultural topics.
Supported by ABP, students work alongside experts to understand the applications and benefits of using drones in an agricultural environment.
Understanding the nutritional needs of cattle, student teams work alongside ABP experts to explore the role of cattle nutrition on meat yields and its production costs.
As well as taking an active role in the various research and development projects, students also benefit from graduate roles at the partner organisations upon graduation. ABP Foods is committed to recruiting at least one graduate from the College each year. This, alongside ASDA’s ambition to offer up to three graduate placements each year within their international procurement and logistics company, IPL, offers students promising employment prospects upon completion of their studies.
As part of the initiative, the College also benefits from added investment in its resources and facilities, including its lambing facilities, making it the best equipped agricultural campus in the country, and by far the most exciting place to study in the UK.