Zulu - the bull that Jamie Oliver bought

Tuesday 12 November 2013

On the last days of the summer term, Shuttleworth College was buzzing with arrival of Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty who were filming at Kingshill Farm.

After weeks of arrangements with Farm Manager Robert Coles, the TV crew arrived and filmed a Clanger v Cornish Pastie battle using tractors and haybales as part of the fun.

Zulu the cow

To thank Robert and his team for their hours of efforts, the production company donated £700 to the college – which has been used to buy a bull.

Now proudly king of the Red Poll cattle at Kingshill, Hinwick Zulu is a 700 kilo beast – whose job it is to increase the herd.

Farm Manager Robert said: “He’s been worth every penny so far and we are planning the pregnancy scanning tests with a professional soon to see how many Zulu’s 16 girlfriends are pregnant.”

Red Poll is an unusual breed of cattle which can be used for beef or milk production. The farming methods at Shuttleworth are in keeping with the highest standards of animal care.

Kingshill Farm has undergone investment since Shuttleworth became part of Bedford College. More improvements are planned in the coming months to make the working farm a model environment for those planning a life or career in agriculture.

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