STUDENTS at Barnsley College gained hands-on experience at a livestock trading event.

The mock auction, held at the college’s Wigfield Farm campus, featured agriculture and animal care students acting as sellers, offering a variety of livestock, including rare and minority breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs.

This interactive event aimed to equip students with the practical hands-on skills and knowledge necessary for successful agriculture and livestock management careers.

Harvey Boyes, who took part in the event, said: “Being part of Wigfield Farm’s very first mock auction was an incredible learning experience - I got to see what I would need to do at a real auction as well as practice the skills moving animals that I have learned while studying at college.”

Macauley Parkin, agriculture course leader at the college who participated in the event as the auctioneer, added: “The very first Wigfield Farm livestock auction was a great success.

“This mock auction allows our students to immerse themselves in a real-world scenario, understanding the complexities of livestock trading and the market dynamics that they will face in their futures as farmers.”