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    A working commercial farm managed by the University

University of Reading farms

The University of Reading maintains 760 hectares of farmland in the Reading area near the villages of Sonning, Arborfield and Shinfield.

Ideal for biological study

tractorThe University's farms are working commercial concerns, with 600 dairy cattle and crops both in the open and in greenhouses. Our farms are managed with cutting edge farming technology and methods. For students of biological sciences, the farm represents an excellent opportunity to study flora and fauna, examine the impacts of agriculture on the landscape and assess current methods of animal husbandry.

The placement of the farms is convenient for other study ventures as well: the Sonning facility is near the Thames, whilst the Arborfield and Shinfield farms are very close to wild habitats such as Bear Wood.

cowsMultidisciplinary facilities

The University's farms are useful for the School of Biological Sciences and will give you a chance to potentially meet with peers from Food and Nutritional Sciences and Agriculture, Policy and Development. This is a great opportunity for a biologist, as the wider context of these other sciences is often interrelated with the work of biological work.

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