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The 12 Days of Christmas

Season’s greetings one and all! Welcome to our 2017 interactive e-card. Explore the ‘12 Days of Christmas’ by clicking on the tiles to reveal some seasonal snippets and learn how the AFTP can help your career development in 2018.













On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Did you know that pears will ripen faster if they’re placed next to bananas in a fruit bowl? A raw pear is made up of 84% water, 15% carbohydrates and contains negligible amounts of protein and fat – the type of information you’ll learn about in our Diet Quality and Health course.

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Two Turtle Doves.

Turtle Doves symbolise devoted love and strong bonds of friendship. The AFTP relies on a strong partnership for continuing success and we are proud to work and collaborate with our six world-renowned university core delivery partners and our numerous prestigious affiliated industry partners.

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Three French Hens.

Chicken - Earlier in the year, the news was awash with chlorine-soaked worry, with fears that the UK may need to revise its current food laws and regulations in order to gain trade deals with non-EU countries following Brexit. During this time, the AFTP published a special report.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Four Calling Birds.

According to folklore, this part of the song should actually be Colly - ‘coalie’ birds (or blackbirds). Today, the AFTP regularly uses Twitter – whose logo is denoted by a bird of a very different kind – to ‘Tweet’ about our latest news, course details and opinion from the AFTP team. You can follow us @AFTPnews.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Five Gold Rings.

Once claimed to be the ‘five gold rings’ around the neck of a Golden Pheasant, traditionally, the ‘rings’ are depicted as jewellery, which is still given as a gift at Christmas time. Are you a business owner in the agrifood sector? Could you provide your employees with ‘the gift’ of knowledge and personal development on an AFTP course during the New Year?

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Six Geese a-Laying.

Prized in ancient times for their protective abilities in warning off invaders; the goose is this year said to be the number-one bird for the Christmas table. The nature, diagnosis and control of infectious diseases in poultry are comprehensively covered in our Poultry Health Course – which is available online or as a residential programme.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Seven Swans a-Swimming.

Swans are water fowl, able to both fly and swim. In Britain they are associated with royalty and are protected on our national waterways. You can improve your understanding of water management on our Irrigation and Water Management course.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Eight Maids a-Milking.

In medieval times ‘to go-a-milking’ could mean to go courting. Today milk is used in all manner of processed products that most of us don’t realise. As an example, a shortage of butter is reportedly pushing up prices of popular Christmas items, including biscuits.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Nine Ladies Dancing.

In medieval times, circle dances were known as a Carole. We have a Carol too, but you really wouldn’t want to see her dance. You would, however, want to hear her talk about Fresh Produce, of which she is something of an expert.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Ten Lords a-Leaping.

Associated with sword dancing, antlers, fertility of corn and Morris dancers, this style of leaping dance faded from popularity in the 18th Century. With the party-season now upon us, we think anyone would be leaping around after trying this super-strength festive 10.5% ABV beer brewed in Orange County, CA, US! Interested in brewing? Read about our brewing course portfolio.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Eleven Pipers Piping

Nowadays a Scottish piper is seen as good luck at New Year celebrations. Traditionally bagpipes were made with animal parts including sheep and cow hide for the bag. Ruminants are featured extensively in our courses launching in January, including Global Ruminant Production.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

...Twelve Drummers Drumming.

Drummers were often used in medieval times to call out the hours of the night. Can you ‘drum up support’ for the AFTP from your friends and colleagues by helping to pass on this message to at least one other person.


Design and Development by:
Joel Reed and James Roscoe (AFTP Digital and e-Learning Developers)

Words by:
Deborah Kendale (AFTP Business Development and Marketing Manager)

Alex Bakker (Seesaw Marketing)

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Total Cost of Presents

If you’re really keen to add up the total number of presents over the '12 Days of Christmas' and work out the cost of them in real money, you could get some help from our Statistics course.

Alternatively, you can see the up-to-date answer to this Christmas Price Index on Wikipedia.