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LAMMA 2021

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An Ag student's take on Covid-19

The coronavirus outbreak has hit us all, affected each of us in an individual and unprecedented way. In the midst of all the heartache and chaos we find ourselves in, the selflessness and sacrifice of our key workers must remain a beacon of positivity.

As I write this, I am sat at home where we are coming to the end of our lambing season. For sheep farmers, this time of year has always been in lockdown, with any movement away from the lambing shed forbidden - we tend not to venture far in April.

 

Therefore, the impact of Government restrictions has not really been felt here at home and for most, life has not changed too much.

 

However, for myself and my peers, things have changed dramatically. This was our year. The year we completed our final year of study at Harper Adams, celebrated our time together and step foot into the real world. It now seems it will not be our year after all.


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Instead the world we are living in now is surrounded by uncertainty, with our security and freedom disappearing almost overnight.

 

As a student and soon to be graduate, our career prospects have also disappeared, temporarily I hope.

 

Amongst the dissertations and exams we still have to complete, the job search has become even harder and even more discouraging. Taking our first steps into the working world during this pandemic was not in any of the textbooks and our preparation for working life did not factor in Covid-19.

 

Next generation

 

But we must remain hopeful and sit tight. The only solace I take from this is that we are pending graduates of the rural and agricultural industry.

 

If this pandemic has shown us anything it is that we need our farmers. The farmers that are tirelessly feeding the nation have done so and will continue to do so every day, because that is their role. Not a job, a role, which is finally starting to be recognised.

 

So yes, times may be extremely tough right now, and the future terrifyingly indefinite. But we are part of British agriculture and we will have our time and our year because the industry and the country need us.

 

I hope we are remembered on the other side and that the British public maintains their support for British agriculture. Because we are the next generation of key farming workers and the nation is going to need us.

  • Katie Fallon is an Agribusiness student at Harper Adams University. She lives on an upland farm in Durham, with a herd of suckler cows and 600 breeding ewes.

 

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