Machinery firm hosts Camborne agricultural students
12:00pm Saturday 9th February 2013 in News
Teagle Machinery played host to a group of students from Cornwall College when they visited the factory to find out more about sound environmental practice in manufacturing and marketing.
The students, who are all currently in their third year of studying the BSc environmental resource management degree, awarded by Plymouth University, at Cornwall College Camborne, took a tour of the factory in Blackwater and heard how the company has been using innovative practices to develop new products which can help farmers save money and cut costs.
One particular new practice Teagle has developed is the use of GPS technology in the application of fertilisers in fields, giving farmers an indication of where more or less fertiliser is needed and helping them allocate quantities and resources more efficiently, ultimately saving money and avoiding waste.
Tom Teagle, sales director at Teagle Machinery, said: “We take great pride in showing visitors around our factory, and in particular presenting to students a taste of the real day to day issues that businesses operating in Cornwall face.
“This visit provided us with a great opportunity to review our own progress in an area that we have invested heavily in over recent years, but rarely had occasion to summarise the achievements that we’ve made.
“Considering our visitors’ points of view and questions is a valuable experience and we look forward to further opportunities in the future to welcome Cornwall College students.”
Will Segal, aged 23 and originally from Guildford but living in Camborne whilst he completes his studies at Cornwall College, said: “Our visit to Teagle provided an opportunity to gain a real life perspective on how companies balance environmental and commercial pressures.
“Our academic perspective on environmental responsibility is sometimes a little idealistic and the trip provided a greater understanding of how a local manufacturing employer has managed to keep astride of the economy and environmental concerns.”
Don McKenzie, head of college at Cornwall College Camborne, said such trips were “invaluable” for students as they could learn more about the daily issues faced by some of the largest firms in the county and the industry as a whole.
He thanked Teagle Machinery for taking the time to welcome and work with our students.