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Young Farmer Focus: Evangaline Atterby, Wellington, Hereford

Young farmers

 

Getting started: If you had told me four years ago I would be working in nutrition as part of technical and marketing for an agri-equine company I would have laughed.

 

I am 23 now, but I wanted to be an equine vet growing up, and this did not change until 2014.

 

My bioveterinary science degree from Harper Adams opened up so many new options, from farm animal health to food production, but I found I loved marketing and the science behind formulation of products.

 

During my placement year in industry, I got really involved in the production process, from product conception through to point of sales advertising and this is now my career.

 

I have been given opportunities to work on a complete range of products for cattle and sheep which I can now see whenever I enter a farm store. I look at labels and think ‘I helped create that’, and it has an unbeatable feeling when you know the products are a success.

 

Young Farmers: Being in Young Farmers has given me confidence and spurred me on to investigate the potential for a career in agri-business, where I had never considered it before.

 

Not coming from an agricultural background, I just assumed you had to be born into it, but there is so much more to agriculture than farming alone.

 

I joined the Herefordshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs in 2014, a late starter at 21, but I got involved as much as I could.

 

It was a great way to meet people. Moving 200 miles from home was a big leap, but YFC definitely keeps you busy.

 

Since moving back to Herefordshire I have rejoined as a member of Teme Valley YFC and look forward to developing new skills and gaining further agricultural experience along the way. So if anyone wants to teach me to drive a tractor please get in touch.

 

New business: The ultimate goal for me is to create my own agricultural and equine marketing business, aiming to open doors for new companies and supporting successes of established ones.

 

I was given an opportunity by my employers and I would love to be able to do the same for someone else one day.

 

I am looking to continue my education and do a post-graduate degree next year in a mixture of marketing and nutrition, my two passions.

 

My advice to anyone considering a career path in agriculture or associated areas is to try it.

 

Agriculture is not just farming, it is a huge part of the rural economy and the country lifestyle.

 

Just because you do not come from a farming background, it does not mean you cannot get involved.

 

Apply for conferences or training days and do not be afraid to be knocked back. It only takes someone to see your potential. If I had not asked the questions I would not be doing a job I love now.

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