Farmers Apprentice TV filming, Reaseheath College

Nantwich is hosting a new The Apprentice style TV show – to find the next star of the farming world!

Reaseheath College is the location for “Farmers Apprentice“, an Alan Sugar-style boot camp searching for farming’s brightest new things.

The five-part series, screened online, follows the progress of 10 farming hopefuls through a gruelling week of tests of their business brains and farming flair.

The competition, run by Farmers Weekly, is geared to change perceptions of the agriculture industry.

Ten national finalists have been tackling challenging tasks on the Nantwich college’s farm, including herding livestock, using a tractor, making sausages in the college food centre, and pitching a watertight business plan.

The winner will scoop £10,000 which will give them a helping foot onto the farming career ladder.

Judges include the Co-operative’s Christine Tacon, Farmers Weekly ‘Farmer of the Year’ Charlie Russell and Reaseheath sheep unit manager Matt Bagley.

Filming was done by a nine-strong team from The Co-operative British Youth Film Academy, based in Crewe.

Jane King, editor of Farmers Weekly, said: “This is a huge platform for ten young people who are bursting with skills and ambition.

“But we want the show to go much further than that. We want non-farmers and people who have no connection to the countryside to tune in and see there are exciting, lucrative careers to be had in agriculture.”

Watch the series at

(pic: Contestants in the Farmers Apprentice pen sheep, watched by Reaseheath judges Matt Bagley and Alan Brown)

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