Hartpury University and College

Hartpury University and Hartpury College is among the UK’s leading specialist education providers in animal, agriculture, equine, sport and veterinary nursing. In 2020, Hartpury opened their Agri-Tech centre which showcases the potential of smart farming technologies.

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Address: Hartpury University and College, Hartpury, Gloucester GL19 3BE

Main contact: Ben Thompson, Agri-Tech Project Manager: [email protected]

Website: www.hartpury.ac.uk

Twitter: @HartpuryAgTech

Located in Gloucestershire, the 360-hectare campus is home to over 4,500 college-level, undergraduate and postgraduate university students, studying A-levels, diplomas and degrees, as well as undertaking cutting edge industry research. Research at Hartpury covers three key themes: digital innovation, agriculture in society and sustainable enterprises. The site has a commercial farm, home to beef and dairy cows, sheep, grassland and arable land.

Research at Hartpury includes studies into calf growth and development, animal behaviour monitoring, monitoring of dairy microbiomes and comparisons of carbon calculators.

The farm hosts wheat trials for ADAS and has grassland trial sites investigating how different grassland species affect above and below ground biomass.

Hartpury’s Agri-Tech Centre was set up in 2020 to provide experience of smart farming technologies and create opportunities for farmers to stay up to date with new agri-tech developments. The site is home to a digital innovation tech box park, providing a base for startup companies to accelerate their journey to becoming commercial businesses, whilst ensuring technology is relevant and functional on a working farm. Hartpury also runs a digital farming network, supporting those who are passionate about agricultural innovation and are interested in opportunities to be involved in on-farm trials.

Agricultural data management and integration

IOT technology

Animal health and behaviour

Soil health