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Young Farmer Focus: Amy Eggleston - 'I love sharing my daily farming adventures'

Amy Eggleston, 24, is a fifth-generation dairy farmer milking 500 Friesians near Melton Mowbray.

 

She previously studied and worked in marketing in Leeds and London before moving back to the countryside to join the family farm...

Perspective: Returning from city life to join the family farm, I quickly realised that whether it is a bright blue sunshine sky, or a cold, grey rainy day – nothing in farming is ever perfect.

 

Once I got used to the initial grumbles about the weather, Brexit, prices and whatever else was currently to blame for things going wrong, I took a step back to think about how my new role would change me as a person.

 

Did I want to be one of those people moaning about the industry to anyone that would listen? Not really. Did I want to spend hours of my day talking about the weather?

 

Not really. But did I want to shout about what I was doing, about how proud I am of my career change, and buying quality free-range British food?

 

Most definitely.


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Day-to-day: I am the fifth generation of my family to produce milk, which is made into Long Clawson Stilton cheese, a British product which can only be made in three counties.

 

I get to spend time on-farm with my dad, milking the cows, measuring the grass, and doing whatever else is necessary to best look after the animals, who I seem to see more of than most of my family and friends.

 

I love sharing my daily farming adventures, and sometimes fails, on social media – opening up a conversation with others about what I do and sharing my enthusiasm for my job.

 

Yes, it is tough getting up at 4am, but when I get to bring new life onto the farm and produce a fresh, healthy, quality British product while spending my days outside, it is worth it.

 

Future: Like me, many Young Farmers are sharing a positive message about what we do, and I really hope this can open more eyes to the reality of British dairy farming.

 

I am incredibly proud to be moving into this role on my family farm and believe the opportunities on and off the farm within the industry are huge.

 

In the future, I would love to make my own butter, using our own milk, and potentially even sell fresh milk straight from the farm.

 

I am also running my own public relations and marketing company alongside the farm, Pastures Green Communications, helping others best promote their agricultural and rural businesses effectively.

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