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Young farmer focus: Eilidh Duncan - 'There is no better way to learn than seeing things first hand'

Eilidh Duncan, 22, was brought up on her family farm in Dullatur and recently moved to the hills of Fintry, Stirlingshire, to live with her farming partner. She works as a full time livestock procurement officer covering North and Central Scotland for Farm Stock (Scotland).

Role

 

My role at Farm Stock helps provide a procurement service to members assisting them to maximise their returns and improve their farming business year on year.

 

I do this by helping to draw livestock and then matching them to the most suitable outlet, ensuring the best possible price on the day.

 

The knowledge and experience I have gained since starting this career is unimaginable.

 

At home, I learned how my family farm operates efficiently. However, when visiting farms throughout the country, I have seen lots of different farming systems on all types of farms, big and small.

 

There is no better way to learn than seeing things first hand.

 

I have been fortunate to see a vast array of breeds, handling systems, all sorts of treatment and tricks of the trade, finishing methods and much more.

 

An opportunity that I would never have had if I had stayed at home.

 

Working for a co-operative means I can share my new-found knowledge on my travels, helping local farmers to improve their farming business.


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Networking

 

I feel very passionate about networking within the industry, in particular being part of the of the ever-growing Women in Agriculture network, which has helped me build on my learning and be more effective in my role
in the industry.

 

Although this year has been very different, I would normally spend my spare time going to agricultural shows, a big date in the calendar is the Royal Highland Show, where I compete in tug of war for my local young farmers club, alongside showing my handmade shepherds crooks.

 

Future

 

I have recently started the addictive hobby of breeding crossing type Blueface Leicesters with my partner and helping him with sheep work when I can.

 

I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the industry, getting to see the things I do, but also getting to be a part of my own farming story, which I can one day hopefully teach to the next generation.

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