New entrant dairy farmer Jon Stanley farms an 82-hectare (203-acre) council farm, renting more land near Shaftesbury. Married to Clea, with two children, he runs a 180-head spring block calving herd, mostly pedigree Jerseys and cross-breds. Milk is sold to Barber’s cheese. The farm also hosts a Woodland Forest School and he won ’new entrant, against the odds’ at the 2013 British Farming Awards.
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.