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Young Farmer Focus: Evie Rogers - 'I wouldn't be the individual I am now had I not got into farming'

Evie Rogers, 17, works part-time on three dairy farms in Shropshire with an average herd size of 280 cows.

 

She attends a local sixth form and hopes to attend Harper Adams University in the future.

Background: When talking to friends they are usually surprised to discover that I do not live on a farm or, prior to my job, have an agricultural background.

 

My sister attended an agricultural college and completed several farm duties, one of which was milking.

 

She came home from college with overalls on and covered in cow muck and 13-year-old me wondered what it was all about. So, I went and gave milking a go.

 

I am incredibly grateful to my parents as they have taken me to work at unearthly hours and have never complained.

 

Without their support I would not be able to do what I do.

 

Young people: I have been incredibly fortunate that so far I have not encountered any major challenges in the industry. All my employers have provided me with the great opportunity to work, as well as believing I am capable of it.

 

Several people have doubted my ability and determination to do it, yet this has motivated me and given me the drive to pursue farming even further.

 

At the moment, I believe there are some fantastic opportunities for young people in the industry, particularly for those willing to work hard and who are passionate about what they do.


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I am currently doing an A-level-based project and researching the link between high cell count and mastitis rates, using data from the farms I work on to assist my research on the project.

 

Next year, I plan to attend Harper Adams University to do a degree in agriculture with animal science.

 

Opportunities: Being involved with the farming community has enabled me to meet lovely like-minded people who share the same passion as me and improve my confidence. I would definitely recommend Young Farmers’ Clubs to anyone looking to make friends or just take part in competitions.

 

I am proud of myself for my commitment to my job (especially cycling to work at 4am) and I would not be the individual I am today had I not got involved with farming.

 

Brexit: Currently, I do not think anyone knows how Brexit is going to affect the agricultural industry.

 

There is no point deciphering the benefits and drawbacks of leaving. It is up to us as an industry to work with consumers continuing to provide quality products.

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