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Young farmer focus: Beth Osborn, 17, 'My main goal in life is to own a sheep farm'

Beth Osborn, 17, is currently on her middle year placement at an organic beef, sheep and arable farm on the Warwickshire/Oxford border as part of her studies at Reaseheath College, Cheshire.

Getting started: I knew from a young age I wanted to get into the farming industry but unlike others, I did not have it on a plate in front of me.

 

I managed to get some work experience on a small beef and sheep farm near our family home which fuelled my passion for agriculture and encouraged me to go to Reaseheath College in Cheshire.

 

It was a big step for me; leaving home at 16 and starting something I did not know much about, without knowing anyone at the college either.

 

However, it was one of the best decisions I ever made and I have never looked back.

 

Challenges: I did find it quite a challenge to start out in the industry, as being from a non-farming background and having little hands-on experience meant placement hunting was very difficult.

 

Coping with the long, hard hours has also been tricky, but it is very rewarding when new life arrives on the farm.

 

Learning from scratch has been a challenge, with trying to retain all the information as well as understanding it.

 

For me, learning practically is so much easier than writing it all down.

 

Placement year: At the moment, I am working on an organic beef, sheep and arable farm on the Warwickshire/Oxfordshire border.

 

We are well underway with calving and lambing begins in March. I have learnt so much in the five months I have been here.

 

Towards the end of November, we brought all the cattle in for the winter months.

 

The short days now consist of feeding both morning and night and occasionally sending some finishing cattle to the abattoir.

 

I cannot wait for the summer nights of mowing and harvesting to begin – it is just a waiting game with nature.

 

Future: My future plans do keep evolving each day, however my main goal in life is to eventually own a sheep farm of my own.

 

Next year will be my last year at college and I will hopefully be rewarded with a Level 3 extended diploma in agriculture at the end of it.

 

After college, I plan on either going to university to achieve a degree in agriculture or find a job on a mixed farm to gain even more experience and knowledge.

 

Wildlife is also a big part of my life and I would love to help protect it on my own farm one day in the near future.


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