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Young farmer focus: Molly Griffin - 'I am the youngest member of the Portland Sheep Breeders Group and it has given me so much encouragement'

Molly Griffin,16, is from Chippenham, Wiltshire, and lives with her parents and younger sister. She has started studying Level 3 agriculture at the Lackham Campus of Wiltshire College.

Background

 

Unlike most of the students on my course, I am not from a farming background.

 

My love of farming started about four years ago at my secondary school.

 

The school has a small flock of Jacob sheep and pupils have the opportunity to join ‘Sheep Club’ where they learn how to care for, and, maintain the flock.

 

I immediately put my name down and loved every single moment.

 

I began volunteering on the farm of the shepherd who ran the club and three months later he gave me eight rare breed Portland sheep which he said that I had earned for all my hard work with him.

 

Lambing time

 

I successfully completed my first lambing in 2019.

 

That year I kept all of my ewe lambs to be bred from and sent my ram lambs to the abattoir.

 

I sold the meat to family and friends and, to this day, still receive compliments about how amazing it was.

 

In spring 2020 they lambed again but this year had all ewe lambs, so I have sold some to another Portland breeder. I cannot wait for next year and will shortly put my ram Marvin in with the girls so lambing will coincide with my Easter break next year.

I currently have 16 pedigree ewes and four pet sheep.

 

I am the youngest member of the Portland Sheep Breeders Group and they have given me so much support, advice and encouragement.


Knowledge

 

Not coming from a farming family, my knowledge is really limited when it comes to the political and financial side of the industry.

 

However, I have just started a college placement at a large dairy farm, so I am sure that I will hear lots of opinions over the coming months as well as the information I gain from my lectures.


In the future I would absolutely love to have a beef and sheep farm of my own and keep Herefords as well as
commercial ewes.

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