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Young farmer focus: Georgina Fort, 28 - 'I knew the farm was always where I'd end up'

Georgina Fort, 28, is a new mother and works full-time on her family’s 121-hectare (300-acre) farm after a stint with ITV soap opera Emmerdale. She is a big supporter of the YFC movement and believes experience away from the farm is valuable for agriculture’s next generation.

Non-ag career: My family has farmed here at Silsden, between Keighley and Skipton, since 1967.

 

I have worked full-time on the farm for seven years, alongside my father, Edward, and sister Rebecca.

 

After school I decided to take a non-agricultural degree and have time away from the farm to learn about something else.

 

I was lucky to be able to do this – knowing the farm would be here for me to come back to.

 

I got a degree in theatre and performance studies which led me to work on Emmerdale as a background artist.

 

When I first went on set it was quite overwhelming. Walking in and meeting famous faces like members of the Dingle family was a once in a lifetime experience.

 

I had a wonderful time and learnt lots of new skills and met interesting people, but the farm was always going to be where I ended up.

 

Farm jobs: Our baby son Alexander William arrived on the last day of October last year. He can usually be found strapped to me in his sling while I carry on with farm jobs.

 

The farm runs 250-head of cattle under the Silmoor prefix. We are a fully pedigree herd, predominantly Holsteins, but have started to make a move towards Jerseys to improve our fats and proteins.

 

We currently have a dozen Jerseys of all ages and we will slowly build these up using sexed semen.

Over the past 18 months we have switched to using more sexed semen to create a surplus of heifers.

 

We sell new calved heifers and cows at our local auction, Skipton auction mart. Like most people farming where we are, high on the Pennines, we also have sheep.

 

Although I am carrying on pretty much as normal since having Alexander, I am having to accept that I cannot fit quite as much work into each day as I did before.

 

Young Farmers: I have been involved with Young Farmers since I was 10. I joined Silsden Young Farmers’ Club (YFC), which was my local club, and later in my teens I moved to Lothersdale YFC.

 

I have always competed in dairy judging and public speaking, as well as doing many other competitions at the rally.

 

I have been chairman of my district and currently serve as treasurer. At county level I am chairman of the development and marketing committee and vice-chairman of the executive committee of Yorkshire YFC.

 

It is a unique organisation and has given me so many opportunities; I have friends all over the country from national competitions.

 

Even though I no longer compete, I am determined to continue with my involvement so I can contribute to giving young people the same opportunities which I had.


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