Young Farmer Focus - John Powell, Worcester

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John Powell is set to start work as a fieldsman for Melton Mowbray

John Powell has just finished a four-year degree course at Harper Adams University studying BSc agri-business, with a placement year at Dawn Meats. He has recently accepted a job with Melton Mowbray Livestock Market and is involved with the family farm back home in Knightwick and helps buying and selling cattle throughout the year. John also helps out on a large arable farm near home.


University: Over the last week I have been busy preparing for my final exams and what comes next after university life.

The last event I will attend at Harper Adams is the summer ball, which should be a great way to end what has been a brilliant four years.

Farming: Back home on the farm we have grass everywhere and would appreciate more cattle to munch through everything.

The last week has been terrible for me as I have been suffering from the dreaded hay fever. For any other suffers out there I have sympathy for you.

Exams have been difficult, especially when the weather outside is so nice, but they have to be done. Being back home for a short period before starting working gives me chance to get out on-farm and do some work.

Now I have finished university I realise the task ahead is quite daunting, but the challenge to work with livestock is thrilling and I cannot wait to start.

Brexit: The biggest issue at the moment is the EU referendum. The result to leave could have massive implications for agriculture, but the effects are yet to be seen.

The future of the industry could change now the UK is set to leave the EU, but as for me and my future plans, I want to increase the size of the home farm and start to increase the size of our herd and flock.

Being a young person in agriculture and having been educated at Harper Adams, I believe I am prepared to try new technologies in the industry and look at methods to increase efficiency on our farm and others around us.

Passion: It can be difficult as a young person to get a foothold within the industry, but I believe if the passion for livestock is there, anyone can succeed.

I am looking forward to starting work as a fieldsman for Melton Mowbray Livestock Market, as it is a way to gain experience and contacts.

Recently, abattoirs have changed grids and specifications have become more demanding. The opportunity to help farmers achieve the best prices for their livestock is something I believe to be important in a sector which rarely has a stable year.


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