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Young Farmer Focus: Megan Walker, Lancashire

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Megan Walker is thankful for her agricultural upbringing
  • YFC member and A-level student Megan Walker lives on her family’s mixed farm, which predominantly grows cereals and lambs 500 ewes. Megan’s father also runs a cattle hoof trimming business.

 

Farm work: The last month has seen us combining and selling our fat lambs, weekend jobs which we generally complete as a family team.

 

Recently we have been faced with an otter problem on our fishing lake and have spent numerous weekends and nights fencing the perimeter, which is more than 1,200 meters long. Otters are a major problem in the fishing industry at this time.

 

In the last few weeks we bought three new shearling rams and we are going to be investing in some new mule gimmer lambs to maintain stock numbers.

 

Young farmers: I have been an active member of Young Farmers since the age of 13 but recently moved to Chipping YFC.

 

In my experience, the organisation offers opportunities to meet like-minded people, develop new skills, both social and agricultural, and grow in confidence along the way.

 

The weekly meetings provide a variety of necessary information and Young Farmers parties are just an important bonus.

 

Holstein young breeders: Due to my dad’s involvement with dairy cattle, I have always been a member of Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders.

 

Last month, along with other members of our club I attended the annual weekend rally, hosted by the West Midlands club this year.

 

I have to congratulate them for putting on a enjoyable and well-organised weekend.

 

Our team participated in multiple activities throughout the weekend, including a tough assault course, stockjudging and the famous field to photo, where a calf is clipped, washed, shown and photographed.

 

The rally allows young farming enthusiasts from all areas of the country to meet up and compete using the skills they have developed.

 

Opportunities: I feel fortunate to have experienced an agricultural upbringing as it has moulded my personality to what it is today.

 

Having to help out and work when necessary, especially at busy times such as lambing, combining and drilling – I am now a qualified stone picker – and keeping sheep also gives you a true perspective on life and death specifically.

 

We have always been encouraged to participate in contact sports, such as rugby, in preparation for sheep catching on the weekend.

 

Hopefully, being hard working, committed and making sacrifices – attributes which can be taken for granted when you are brought up in a farming environment – can act as key assets in the working world.

 

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