J Rayner and Sons

BCA has a close association with J Rayner and Sons.   Colin Rayner and team look after the arable land on the BCA Estate, and involve students in planting, growing and monitoring the crop.   Students are also able to visit the company’s enterprises throughout Berkshire to learn about alternative crops, livestock management and ground… Read more »


The NFU has been very supportive of CLET and BCA activities.  We have recently jointly launched a new knowledge exchange initiative, alongside NADAS, and the first event was held in July 2017. We welcomed Rachel Lawrence of the Farm Business Survey, who spoke to a room of 20 local farmers and academics about the economic… Read more »

Newbury and District Agricultural Society

BCA is working closely with NADAS, a local agricultural society, on a number of fronts. Annually BCA students help with the set up of the Royal County of Berkshire Show in September as a team building exercise.  Students also actively steward at the event, which is one of the premier county shows in the country… Read more »


We were delighted to work closely with Farmplan in 2016/17.   BCA welcomed farmers from across the country for Gatekeeper training. Farmplan also provided a very informative interactive session for our agricultural students.

Farley Estate

We have recently opened a brand new classroom located at Tanners Dairy on Farley Estate, which serves as our base in West Berkshire.  It provides an invaluable base for hands-on training in a working farm setting. Located 8 miles south of Reading and 7 miles west of Wokingham, Farley Estate boasts around 1,750 acres of rolling… Read more »

Englefield Estate

We are fortunate to have an excellent working relationship with the Englefield Pedegree Herefords. The Englefield Estate lies west of Reading and east of Newbury in Berkshire. Students have the unique opportunity to attend a ‘showing masterclass’, which teaches how to prepare for cattle for the show ring, and which includes bathing, clipping and handling. Credit: Englefield… Read more »

Farol and Shorts

We are delighted to have a strong working relationship with agricultural contractor Shorts Agricultural Services and John Deere dealers Farol Ltd. Both contribute to our Agriculture Advisory Forums and loan the college machines for teaching including tractor driving instruction. In the Autumn term, students are set the task of making a sales presentation promoting crop establishment… Read more »