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Dairy Farm visit captures interest of DipAg alumni

Diploma of Agriculture alumni from 1951-1952 enjoyed an afternoon at Lincoln University on 9 April, beginning with lunch in the Vice-Chancellor’s Lounge.

There were 17 in the party in all, made up of alumni, wives and widows and after lunch they visited the Lincoln University Demonstration Dairy Farm where they were hosted by Farm Manger Peter Hancox who described the farm’s operation and answered a range of thoughtful questions.
Reunion group organiser John Taylor said the farm visit brought ‘many old memories flooding back’. 

“We were most impressed not only with the technology but with Farm Manager Peter Hancox’s story of the development and management of the farm.” The Dip Ag-ers impressed their hosts with their intense interest in the farm. They were present too for the start of afternoon milking. 

Among the visiting alumni in the group were Wally Simmers, a member of the 1st Rugby XV in 1951 and 1952, Tom Hickmoot, Vice-Captain of the 1st Rugby XV in 1952, and John Taylor a member of the 1st Cricket XI in 1952 and the 1st Soccer XI that year too.

Anne Lucas (nee Hudson) daughter of Professor Eric Hudson, Director of Canterbury Agricultural College (1936-1952) was also in the tour party. Later in the evening at the reunion dinner in Christchurch, Anne provided the reply to the group’s toast, “To the College!”