Rosie graduated from University Centre Reaseheath with a Foundation Degree in Agriculture having
returned to education after a 12 year career in banking.
On completing her studies she received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence in Agricultural Science.
Rosie hails from Cheshire where she was raised on her parent’s farm. After her father’s death, the farmland was
tenanted but Rosie felt passionately that the property had educational, agricultural and leisure potential.
Possessing little agricultural knowledge Rosie wished to return to study but, with a young family and a new
business venture afoot, she needed to find a flexible degree programme. Rosie discovered that the part-time study options offered at Reaseheath would accommodate her needs.
Rosie’s degree course included field trips to visit businesses within the agricultural industry who had diversified and this opened her eyes to the possibilities for expansion at her family’s farm. The investigatory studies illustrated the diversification and environmental business strategies that would be necessary to move her business forward while future proofing it for modern farming.
The confidence Rosie gained through her studies ultimately allowed her to develop the farm and its facilities. Now open to the public, Weaver Dairy House Farm offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to learn about agriculture and environmental issues through links forged with Natural England and the Cheshire Wildlife Trust.
Rosie and her team also run a herd of pedigree Hereford beef cattle and a flock of Shropshire sheep. As Farm Manager, Rosie combines the care of livestock with habitat management while she ensures that agricultural activities complement the environment.
The ‘Reaseheath Experience’ offered me a world of opportunities through education, strong industry connections and students with the same passion for success.