College farm gets a new manager

Northumberland College farm manager John Charlton.
Northumberland College farm manager John Charlton.

John Charlton has been appointed farm manager for Northumbeland College’s farms at Kirkley Hall, near Ponteland, and Carlcroft in the Coquet Valley.

John, from Morpeth, brings 20 years’ experience of arable and livestock farming to the role.

He will oversee the introduction of Gloucester Old Spot pigs and a pedigree flock of Texel sheep, as well as establish many new opportunities for students such as showing stock at the Northumberland County Show next May, where the college will again provide support through sponsorship.

Marcus Clinton, the college’s vice principal enterprise and innovation, said: “This new appointment enables us to keep developing the farm and provide a first class venue for agricultural training as the number of agricultural students and apprentices continues to grow at the college.

“Our plans are to ensure Kirkley Hall is firmly at the centre of this community and training the next generation of farmers.”

The college’s stock includes a herd of pedigree Aberdeen Angus, a commercial herd of Limousin suckler cows, a commercial flock of mules at Kirkley Hall and Scottish Blackface sheep at Carlcroft.