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Young farmer focus: Ailish Ross - 'Every cloud has a silver lining and the Covid-19 pandemic is no different'

Ailish Ross, 26, North Warwickshire, is an event and sales cataloguing manager for the Texel Sheep Society. 

Background

 

I have always wanted to work with animals, however if you had told me that I would fall in love with sheep and move 400 miles away from my friends and family for a dream job, I probably would not have believed you.

 

Being brought up in the south side of Glasgow with no immediate connection to farming, the start of my career in agriculture was not the most conventional.

 

But with a lot of hard work, dedication, studying and my very patient farming heroes, who know who they are, I do not think I have done too badly.

 

I graduated from SRUC with a 2:1 degree in applied animal science in 2016 and went straight to work for a sheep artificial breeding company, followed by six months at AHDB.

 

I joined the Texel Sheep Society in 2017.

 

Job

 

No two days are the same and my colleagues are fantastic.

 

In a usual year my diary would be full of shows, technical events and sales and attending these are easily my favourite part of the job.

 

I love meeting new people and knowing that you have made someone smile that day.


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Pandemic

 

When Covid-19 kicked in and all events in the calendar were being cancelled one by one, I really struggled to come to terms with it.

 

My summers are supposed to be spent travelling the length and breadth of the country and instead I was locked in my house on my own for those first few weeks.

 

But we also have something on the go at work and becoming more involved with different parts of the business has given me invaluable experiences that I would not have been able to have if I was out and about at events.

 

Restrictions

 

With restrictions lifting, everything seems to be that little bit brighter, with some shows and events going into the diary.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Beaty family, Charlie, Mary Ann and Adam.

 

Words will never be enough to thank you for everything you have done for me the past year.

 

You are the best bubble family a Scottish girl, a long way from home, could ask for.

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