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Young Farmer Focus: Kayleigh Jones, Merthyr Cynog, Brecon

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Kayleigh Jones, 20, is a third year journalism student at the University of Gloucestershire. She helps her family farm 1,300 breeding ewes and 400 hogs and 35 Limousin cross suckler cows at their 182ha (450-acre) beef and sheep farm in Merthyr Cynog, near Brecon, with hill rights on Middle Epynt. The farm is at 800-1200ft with red sandstone soil.

 

Study: My time at university, studying journalism, has nearly come to an end.

 

Living away from home has allowed me to gain perspective and really appreciate my farming background.

Farming has been my niche throughout my course and my dissertation, looking into how the mainstream press influences public opinion of farming. It has been a unique subject for my tutors to supervise.

 

I now enjoy blogging about current affairs in farming and a career in agricultural journalism is a real possibility.

 

I recently had some work experience at Farmers Guardian and their friendly and encouraging attitude definitely upheld this career option.

 

I was able to get stuck into stories and engage with farming issues.

 

Talking to members of the farming community opens your eyes to their concerns and priorities, which need to be heard more than ever during times of Brexit ambiguity.

 

Lambing: Lambing is soon approaching and although my dad will try his best to recruit me for the Easter holidays, I have informed him that finishing my dissertation is somewhat important too.

 

We lamb 1,300 ewes, with the Brecknock Hill Cheviots, which are wintered on the hill, lambing outside and the twins and cross-bred ewes in the shed.

 

This time of year is a real family effort, with all three of my younger sisters mucking in too.

 

Young farmer: Despite the uncertainty of farming in the current political climate, I am excited for my year ahead.

 

In July I am off to experience another form of political controversy, in the US, on the Wales YFC International Programme to Montana.

 

While I am there I hope to spend time on a ranch, to expand my farming knowledge and learn the Western way of life.

 

It is going to be an interesting experience, to say the least, especially in a state which voted for Donald Trump.

 

Brexit: I look forward to seeing where the future takes me.

 

Although I do not see myself becoming a farmer, I know that farming will always be a big part of my life.

As for Brexit, I just hope farmers get the answers they deserve soon.

 

It was encouraging to see Farming Minister George Eustice engaging with the public on a trip to Skipton market while I was on work experience at Farmers Guardian.

 

He insists that work towards providing answers is ongoing, and we can only hope that when we hear them, we are left feeling reassured.

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