Farming students in Gwynedd got to grips with a "revolutionary" new fencing system in a hands-on demonstration.
More than 80 engineering and agriculture students at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor's Glynllifon campus near Caernarfon were given a detailed, practical demo from farm and fencing specialists McVeigh Parker on Wednesday, December 12.
They got the chance to learn about and work with the Australian-designed Clipex fencing system, which uses a new type of galvanised metal fencepost as part of a fast, efficient and long-lasting new way of laying an all-steel fence.
Glynllifon agriculture course co-ordinator Esmor Hughes said:
This demonstration was organised so the students could be introduced to an innovative, efficient and effective method of stock fencing.
Clipex fencing is a relatively new concept to most of the learners here at the college and the experience was excellent for them - letting them learn a new concept for carrying out a very common task on every farm.
The Glynllifon college campus is a working farm where students learn skills and gain knowledge in a practical setting.
During the fencing demo, the students had hands-on involvement with setting posts in the ground using a motorised post driver, rolled the fence, saw it raised into position, and pulled taut.
The Clipex fence they erected, designed in Australia, will help enclose a small field to the rear of the main Coleg Glynllifon building on the Glynllifon Country Park which can now be used to keep a small herd of goats.
McVeigh Parker is a leading specialist stockist and supplier of Clipex fencing with eight branches around the UK.
The company's Associate Director Stuart Mills, sales rep Amanda Williams and accounts manager Linda Hughes led the demonstration at Glynllifon.
Being a relatively new option for fencing in the UK and a fast-growing option for all types of fencing due to shortages of timber within the industry, getting first hand practical knowledge of the Clipex products gave the students a very good insight into how fencing will change in the next few years.
I thought the students asked some very good questions about the product, they were keen to take part in the practical aspect of the session and showed a real interest..
I was very impressed with Glynllifon campus - it is very obvious that farming is still at the core of all that goes on here.
The facilities are of a very high standard, as was the Christmas dinner my colleagues and I were treated to, there has obviously been a good amount of investment over the last few years and this makes for a very impressive campus all round.
For more information about courses at Glynllifon, visit www.gllm.ac.uk/courses.