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Young farmer focus: Dave Nicholas, 25 - 'When the odds are against the industry, we have seen a steely grit and determination'

Dave Nicholas, 25, is a bulk tank engineer and lives at home on the family dairy farm which borders the historic motor racing circuit of Oulton Park.

He milks 200 Holstein friesians with his father Arthur, uncle John and brother Adam.

 

Dairy: My role in the family business is as the handyman and maintenance engineer, from servicing the milk tank to rewiring the cubicle sheds. This is where I contribute to what we think is a well-oiled farming machine.

 

I have always had a passion for making and fixing things, so I initially decided to go into farm electrics, but have since ended up becoming a milk tank engineer.

 

Working for Cottons Electrical, we cover Cheshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and North Wales, which means on average I visit more than 15 farms a week. This gives me a huge insight into the North West farming community, ranging from smallholdings milking about 30 cows and farms

diversified into ice cream parlours, to huge dairy partnerships sending more than 70,000 litres of milk a day.

 

Over the last two years, with the fall of milk prices, we have seen the disastrous results of a price crash. Some fantastic dairy farmers with a wealth of agricultural knowledge sadly have had to sell up or retire early.

 

To be a witness to this has been humbling, but also incredibly inspiring. Even when all the odds are up against the industry, we have seen a steely grit and determination of farmers come out the other side, still with the same love and passion for getting up earlier and working harder in the most dangerous workplace in Britain – all to make sure we have the finest cow welfare and quality standards in the world.

 

YFC: I became chairman of Beeston Castle Young Farmers in June 2016. It was an honour for me to guide the club which has given me so much throughout the years.

 

We are a small club in Cheshire Young Farmers, but we regularly punch above our weight recently winning back-to-back moody bowls.

 

My proudest moments have been through our charity work, from the top table competing in the Chester Half Marathon to handing over a cheque of £1,500 to Tarporley Hospital in October.

 

Our members Beth Ford and Catherine Bull have also been involved in raising more than £31,000 for charities with their Dairy Queen teams, and our very own Laura Bull, the current Cheshire Dairy Queen, is busy raising money through a charity calendar. It shows even in the toughest of times, the farming community will look to help those less fortunate.

 

Brexit: The future of British farming is unclear with Brexit and agriculture may face another storm.

We can only speculate what might get decided across the negotiating table, but I know British farmers. We like to be the underdog, to be doubted, but are certain in our resolve, confident in our abilities, smart in our knowledge and the hardest workers in the room.

 

We will weather any storm and keep moving forward.


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