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Kaleem Shaikh, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Edinburgh

Kaleem Shaikh, 2:1 BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Edinburgh

Despite suffering from health issues, Kaleem has worked his way through the system, starting with an NC Agriculture at Oatridge and completing a BSc honours degree in Edinburgh eight years later. He has started a job as a technician for animal breeding company D&C Fawcett.

“Thanks to understanding year tutors, lecturers and Student Support services, I have been able to encourage myself to battle through the pain and challenges to complete my studies as I originally planned; albeit a few years later.”

Despite growing up in a Glasgow dormitory suburb, Kaleem Shaikh developed an interest in animals from a young age.

After attending an open day at Scotland’s Rural College, he knew immediately he wanted to study agriculture and started on an NC course at the Oatridge campus in 2012.

“Some people think agriculture is a narrow, specific topic,” said Kaleem, 25, from Uddingston. “However, when I was told about all the different modules and different aspects of the farm at Oatridge, it opened so many opportunities I hadn’t previously considered.”

Eight years later, having worked his way through HNC and HND level, Kaleem has just completed a degree in Agriculture from SRUC’s Edinburgh campus.

He has also built up his own small flock of pedigree sheep and has a herd of goats.

“During my time at SRUC, I worked on a couple of dairy farms to gain practical experience and during my gap year after the HND, I secured a short-term stockperson post at the University of Glasgow’s vet school farm and research centre. I gained lots of experience during this time which was really helpful towards my studies.

“I have also built up my pedigree flock of sheep and herd of goats. Exhibiting at shows has been a family affair and has taken up any free time I had.

“Most recently, before starting fourth year, I took the plunge and decided to start a herd of Boer goats for breeding pedigree stock and meat production, and the knowledge I have gained on the course has helped me greatly in setting up the business.”

His studies didn’t always go to plan however. After suffering from displaced discs in his back, Kaleem had to undergo multiple surgeries and extensive physiotherapy.

However, he said the support he received from SRUC helped him overcome the challenges he was facing

“It has definitely been frustrating, especially as a young student who thought everything would turn out as planned, it came as a great shock and disappointment,” he said.

“Thanks to understanding year tutors, lecturers and Student Support services, I have been able to encourage myself to battle through the pain and challenges to complete my studies as I originally planned; albeit a few years later.”

Kaleem’s honours project was on embryo transfer in sheep and following his graduation, he is starting a job as a technician for D&C Fawcett, an animal breeding company in Penrith.

He also plans to promote the goat meat business and see where that leads him in the future.

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