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Young farmer focus: Ben McClymont - "Work's begun with spreading slurry and bruising"

Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.

 

Ben McClymont, 21, is currently studying agriculture at Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, where he is about to start his BSc (Hons) year after summer. He lives on a 283-hectare (700-acre) 500-cow dairy farm and outside of university is a full-time contractor for local farmers, chairman of Lower Nithsdale YFC and Dumfries and Galloway Agri Rural Affairs rep.

 

Events: The past couple of months have been extremely busy, with various events happening. Firstly, I had my final third year exams in the last two weeks of May. It was quite a shock to the system having to do some proper studying and for many, it was a whole new world inside the university library.

 

To break up this strenuous studying, we gave ourselves a night off where I organised our annual May Ball, held this year at BT Murrayfield. It was an excellent night enjoyed by all, and I would say it was well deserved. We like to treat ourselves so as a year group we jetted off to Holland for a week of very interesting agricultural enterprise visits and, of course, a trip to taste the local beer.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this week away and it was refreshing to hear the opinions of Dutch farmers, seeing how their businesses work and thrive within Europe. For a lot of my peers, this trip marked the last time we will spend together as a year group as they have now graduated and are embarking on many different adventures.

 

Show: The end of June saw my favourite week come around, the greatest show on earth for me – the Royal Highland Show.

 

This year we were blessed with predominately dry weather allowing me to make the most of the members’ lawn, enjoying a pint or two. I commend the organisers once again for such an outstanding event – in my opinion it certainly is the highlight of the farming calendar.

 

Exams: But, unfortunately, it was swiftly followed by the most depressing Monday of the year, when, suffering Highland show blues, a dark cloud of exam results loomed over me.

 

To make matters worse, I was away mowing silage in an area with no phone signal leaving me unable to check my fate until I was back home. It was, however, a pleasant surprise, I had exceeded my expectations and passed my third year with distinction.

 

Young farmers: Looking forward the rest of my summer holds a busy few months of hard work and Young Farmers events. Work has now begun with silaging, spreading slurry and bruising keeping me busy.

 

In August I have been given the opportunity with 12 other Scottish Association of Young Farmers members to travel to China, which I am thoroughly looking forward to. However, I am slightly apprehensive about all the vaccinations I shall need, as well as what I will eat while I am out there.

 

Finally, Dumfries Show afterparty is the big event in our Young Farmers calendar, which in my opinion would be daft to miss.

 

Taking place on Saturday, August 5, tickets can be bought online or at the show, visit Lower Nithsdale’s Facebook page for more information.


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