FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US

Young Farmer Focus: Robert Gratton, Buxton, Derbyshire

livestockYoung farmersGetting started

Success: Upon leaving college I was still unsure of what to do until my grandfather said there could be the option to take on the tenancy of his farm.

 

This was soon to be the start of my own farming adventure and, backed by my mum and dad’s experience and expertise, I went out and bought my first 50 Mules.

 

From then I chose to use Texel tups on the Mules to breed my own replacement ewes and build up numbers.

 

All ewe lambs are kept for breeding and most of the wether lambs are sold through Bakewell and Leek markets as fat.

 

Rearing: My herd has predominantly been reared by hand with some second- and third-calving sucklers bought-in to build up numbers.

 

I like to think hand-rearing gives them a bit more of a placid side, making them much easier to handle.

Heifers calved down for the first time last year to a Blue bull and, as I write, will be due to calve again in a few weeks’ time.

 

The ewes will also be lambing inside before being turned back out to grass one to two days later, providing the weather is good enough.

 

Challenges: Young farmers face a lot of challenges in this ever-changing industry, just getting a farm on your own at this age is hard enough with high land prices, expensive rents and stock being as expensive as it is.

 

I can only see it getting harder before it gets easier for us with Brexit ahead but, as an industry, we should really be supporting the upcoming young farmers as they are the future and I firmly believe more funding should be given to young starters.

 

Future: Looking forward, my plan is to hopefully get up to optimum numbers in a few years as being on a rented farm, every year counts.

 

I want to maximise the performance of the farm’s land and have a reseeding plan for every year which will increase the productivity of the stock and the ground.

 

The one thing I hope most of all is to still be farming for many years to come.

Farmers Guardian
Posted by Farmers Guardian
PopularCommentsRSS Feed
Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Recent Posts

Recent Posts


From the editor: Come on vegans, isn't it about time we had a rational debate?
"I don't think Dairy Farmers can have a rational "...
18 days ago
From the editor: Dairy industry collaboration is the only way forward
"The milk market has set back a lot of farmers who "...
02-Mar-2017
Opinion- Justin Fox, historian and environmentalist
"Yes, there's a ridiculous amount of hyperbolae "...
31-Jan-2017
Young Farmer Focus: Sophie Barnes, Taupo, New Zealand
"Brilliant get up & go for it attitude that NZs "...
09-Jan-2017
From the editor: Rural communities need more than just vast housing estates
"You need to hit the National Planning Policy F"...
25-Nov-2016
Waiting
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds