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Young farmer focus: 'Growing up on a sheep farm in Cornwall, the farming bug bit me' - Ruth Wills, 22

Ruth Wills, 22, is a marketing coordinator for WH Bond & Sons, marketing agricultural machinery.

She grew up on the family’s (40-hectare) 100-acre sheep farm and in her spare time helps on her boyfriend Jack’s organic dairy farm.

Blogging: Growing up on a sheep farm in Cornwall, the farming bug bit me, as it does most people, and I could not think of anything I would rather do.

 

Fast forward a few years and having completed a foundation degree in agriculture and a top-up in rural business management, I began working for Cornwall Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and took an internship on a national blog, as well as writing my own blog.

 

It was during this time I won a blogging competition with the NFU and an award from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RADBF) and thought maybe I was not too bad at this writing lark.

 

I really enjoyed the marketing side of my degree and in July I was able to put this into practice in a new job, at WH Bond & Sons Ltd. I became marketing coordinator for their agricultural side, IDM Services, and something completely new to me but equally interesting, their plant hire and sales.

 

Work: I run all the social media for the agricultural and plant side of the business and help to organise and promote various events.

 

Another big part of my job is photography. I am really lucky to be able to get out and about with my camera, whether it be taking photos of the latest new machine or images of harvest for social media. I love the outdoors and being able to get out in the fresh air is one of my favourite things about my job.

 

Young Farmers: The company works closely with the Cornwall YFC and supports them in all their events. We value young farmers hugely and many of my colleagues, myself included of course, are young farmers. As cheesy as it sounds, we are the future.

 

When I am not at work, I enjoy helping on the sheep farm at home and on my boyfriend’s family dairy farm. After being a sheep girl through and through for many years, cows have definitely started to grow on me and I do enjoy getting involved with the milking and calving when I can.

 

The agricultural industry is a really exciting industry to be involved in and I really want to help others recognise that there are so many different jobs in agriculture, whether it be marketing, advising or journalism.


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