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Young Farmer Focus: Hannah Fulford, 19 - 'Agriculture has a wide range of opportunities, and Brexit will offer more along the way'

Hannah Fulford, 19, is a farm worker the Crackles family on Mill Farm, a family farm near Burrow, Carnforth. She is in her final year studying a Level 3 extended diploma in agriculture.


Emily   Ashworth

Emily   Ashworth

Background: Although I am not from a farming background, I have always been passionate about the countryside and country sports.

 

I have taken part in the Holcombe Hunt since a young age and followed on foot with the Lunesdale foxhounds exercising, and walking several hound pups on their behalf.

 

During the season, I go pheasant beating with my Labrador, Sutty.

 

My passion for agriculture grew during my AS Levels when I realised I was going down the wrong career path and decided I wanted to be working outside, rather than in an office environment.

 

Work: While studying my AS Levels, I started working at Brades Farm Dairy, which milks 150 Jersey cows and 250 Holstein Friesians.

 

This is where I met Edward Towers who started to show me the ropes of the dairy industry.

 

His passion and enthusiasm for farming showed me this was the career path for me.

 

Working at Brades Farm gave me a real insight into a large commercial farm.

 

After working there for more than a year, I decided I wanted to work with diary and sheep to gain more experience, so I started working at Mill Farm in May 2017.

 

A family-run business, Mill Farm milks 150 Holstein Friesians and lambs more than 1,000 lambs across 283 hectares (700 acres) of lowland and rough grazing.

 

Young Farmers: I have been an active member of young farmers since the age of 15 and I recently moved to the Vale O’ Lune branch.

 

The organisation allows you to meet like-minded people, develop social and agricultural skills and grow in confidence.

 

Last year I took on the role of secretary, which gave me the opportunity to organise meetings and develop new skills.

 

The weekly meetings provide a variety of information and the Young Farmer parties are an added bonus, as is the AGM.

 

Future: This July I will finish my college course and I would like to go on and study a degree in agriculture with animal science, with a view to becoming a nutritionist.

 

After this I would like to travel and see how farming is done in other parts of the world.

 

I would also consider travelling after my degree to see how diverse farming is in other countries and what opportunities the industry has around the world.

 

I think the future of agriculture has wide and diverse opportunities, and Brexit will offer many more along the way, even if it is unclear at the moment.

 

Being a young farmer is not the easiest, given the challenges facing the industry, but there is no other place I would rather be.

 


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