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Young farmer focus: Evie Price, 23 - 'I answer questions from when to clean ditches to grant aid'

Evie Price, 23, is an agricultural consultant and farmer’s daughter from a 120-hectare (300-acre) beef and sheep farm in the Shropshire hills.

Background: I live at home with my parents and brother who run the farm with a flock of around 300 commercial ewes and 200 beef cattle.

 

I have always loved the animals, particularly the sheep, but I realised farming was best left to my older brother who has been keenly involved from a young age.

 

Despite this, agriculture has always been in my blood and my interest in the industry has grown more since leaving education and joining Young Farmers.


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Day-to-Day: After studying at my local sixth form, I was not too sure which path to choose, but was lucky enough to get a job at CXCS where I have been for five years.

 

I started with a basic admin role at the company which specialises in completing cross-compliance records for farmers and have gradually moved my way up to visiting clients nationwide and advising on a range of cross-compliance queries.

 

I love the variety of my job, which is split between time in the office and farm visits, where I can be out on the road for two or three days a week.

 

I love learning and this meant I quickly became the go-to person in the business for answering questions, ranging from: ‘When can I clean my ditches out?’ to ‘What grants are available?’.

 

Visiting clients to collate data has got to be my favourite part, as it means I have been able to visit some beautiful countryside as far apart as Cornwall and Cumbria – all the while seeing an interesting variety of farms and meeting some fantastic farmers.

 

YFC: I have been a part of Young Farmers for the past five years, and an active member of Ludlow YFC for the past three, holding the role of club secretary for the 2017/18 year.

 

Throughout my time as a member, I have had some great experiences, such as a club exchange to Devon and meeting lots of new people.

 

It has also helped boost my confidence and public speaking skills through various competitions including stock judging, in which I won second place in the Senior Beef class at this year’s Shropshire County Rally.

 

Future: I feel a strong connection to agriculture and care about the future of farming in this country, which currently seems so uncertain.

 

Having watched my own family work so hard under huge pressure, like so many other farmers, I believe more of them deserve not only support, but also recognition for the top-quality produce they provide.

 

I hope to do my bit by continuing to build upon – and use – the skills and knowledge I have gained so far to support and advise the farming community through the potentially tough times ahead.

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