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.
Thomas Vines, 21, is a final year agricultural student at Harper Adams University. He helps on the family’s 180-hectare (444-acre) mixed arable and sheep farm where they run 200 pure-bred Meatlinc ewes and 150 mixed cross-bred Lleyns, Romneys and New Zealand Suffolks.
Stephanie Dick, 23, is a full-time mixed beef and arable farmer on the 1,214-hectare (3,000-acre) family farm with 800 cattle. She studied agriculture at the University of Edinburgh before travelling to the United States on a scholarship from the Aberdeen-Angus youth programme.
Georgina Fort, 28, is a new mother and works full-time on her family’s 121-hectare (300-acre) farm after a stint with ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She is a big supporter of the YFC movement and believes experience away from the farm is valuable for agriculture’s next generation.
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.
James Gledhill, 25, is an artifi cial insemination technician for Genus as well as working on the family’s Glebe Farm at Hessay, near York. They own 60 hectares (150 acres), rent a further 48ha (120 acres) and run 125 suckler cows.