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Young Farmer Focus: Andy Nixon, 21, Preston, Lancashire

Andy Nixon, 21, works as a full-time farm labourer for J.T. and J. Armer, Salwick.

Background: I have always had an interest in agriculture, ever since I was little boy playing with toy tractors in my room.

 

I initially went to university to study my other passion, sport, but quickly found it was not for me.

 

Having no farm background in my family, my love for farming grew when I began to help my girlfriend milk on a Sunday afternoon – this soon turned into tractor driving and hours of building with her dad.

 

I have to say, the early mornings and late nights were quite a shock to the system, but I love the hands-on working style farming is notorious for.

 

Passion: Working on-farm quickly added to my love of cows. I have always liked them and I really enjoy working with them.

 

After I started work with J.T. and J. Armer, I was introduced to working with pigs. It was interesting because of the different husbandry jobs, but they do not interest me quite like cows do.

 

As a beginner in farming, there was a lot to learn. I did not grow up on a farm like a lot of people in the business, so many things were new and exciting for me.

 

One particular memorable moment in my farming career so far was the first time I calved a cow on my own.

 

I had previously watched my girlfriend’s dad and my current employer calving cows and always found this interesting, but I did not realise how quickly I would have to do it myself.

 

One evening I was checking the calving pen when I knew I needed to assist the mother.

 

My adrenaline kicked in and I was able to successfully deliver a healthy heifer calf. I was so proud of myself and it was a real stepping stone for me.

 

Future: At the moment, I am happy with where I am, but I am still unsure of what I would like to do in the future.

 

Although I would have never expected it in the past, it would be great to have a farm or smallholding of my own one day.

 

Farming is always changing and adapting, so as a young person in farming I feel I am able to develop along with the industry. It definitely keeps me on my toes.

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