LAMMA is the UK’s largest agricultural trade show, where over 850 exhibitors will host the most extensive array of farm machinery, equipment, and services to be found in one location anywhere in the UK.
Kelly Hoodless, 23, is a junior account manager for the pig commercial sales team at ABN. She graduated this year from her studies in animal science, specialising in pigs, at Harper Adams University, with a first-class honours degree.
Rosie Blackmore, 28, farms 40,000 free-range laying hens with her parents. She grades and delivers eggs under the family’s own brand, Low Farm Eggs, and supplies Bowler Eggs. She also contracts real veal calves for Waitrose and has a small suckler herd of pedigree Herefords.
Dafydd Davies, 17, helps on the family farm unit of 74 ha (182 acres) plus a 304 ha (750 acres) mountain farm in Trawsfynydd, farming a herd of 30 pedigree Welsh Black Cattle and 1150 Welsh Mountain ewes. He is also studying agriculture at Glynllifon Agriculture College.
Francesca Beswick might have grown up on a farm but wasn’t necessarily next in line to take the business on. Here she tells us why she quit her job to go back to the family business and has found that being a woman in farming doesn’t actually matter.
Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.
Marc Williams, 27, works for Natural Resources Wales and helps on the family farm near Sennybridge, in the Brecon Beacons. They keep 70 cattle on 40 hectares (100 acres). He is also chairman of Sennybridge YFC and is currently Brecknock YFC senior member of the year.
John McCulloch, 17, farms at the 607 hectares (1,500 acres) Chapelton Farm, in south west Scotland with 80 pedigree Shorthorn cows, 80 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus cows, 250 cross commercial cows and 850 cross-bred ewes. He is also a committee member of Stewartry YFC.