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Young farmer focus: Hannah Rees, 22 - 'I am probably the least conventional farmer you'll ever meet'

Hannah Rees, 22, has recently begun studying agriculture at Harper Adams University. She is a keen member of Llysyfran Young Farmers Club (YFC) and enjoys stockjudging.

Farm life: I am probably the least conventional farmer you will ever meet.

 

I have bright blonde hair, glittery nails regardless of the occasion and I am a proud member of the fake tan club.

 

But agriculture has always been an interest of mine. I always remember spending every summer with my father on silage for 20 years until he sadly passed away and, since then, I have felt farming is something I can do for him to live on in me.

 

In the last 18 months I have gained my extended diploma in agriculture, pulled more lambs than I can count and milked more cows than I ever knew possible – all as well as starting at Harper Adams University.

 

YFC: Young Farmers has really highlighted my passion for farming.

 

You will often find me stockjudging somewhere, although this year I put myself forward to have a go at dancing for county rally.

 

I am sure I was only there either for brownie points for comedy value, or to make up numbers… last year’s Llys-y-fran YFC chairman Rhydian Bevan can provide that answer.


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Despite him failing to admit it, I am quite sure Rhydian was my number one fan as, when I turned up to pig stockjudging, he said to me: "Now Hannah, you know what you are doing, right?"

 

This was followed by a rather concerned look after me replying, ‘No idea, but it is fine; I can wing it.’

 

I somehow went on to win, while also managing to not make a complete shambles out of it at the Royal Welsh Show.

 

Key to successful stockjudging? VK for breakfast – clearly!

 

University: This year, I have ventured over the border into the big wide world and became a geriatric fresher at Harper Adams.

 

University lectures have definitely proved an eye-opener. I have been sitting in my comfort zone in lectures on sheep or cows – no problem – but often in arable lectures I find myself questioning if they are even speaking English?

 

I am definitely going to make the most of my time there. So far, I have experienced so many potential career opportunities in looking at placements and, despite the sheer determination I have to gain my degree, I will also hopefully be able to leave Harper with an increased tolerance of cider black.

 

Future: My long-term goal is to work within the agricultural business sector in an organisation such as ForFarmers or the NFU and to have a few sheep as a hobby farm to keep me involved in the industry.

 

I just hope Brexit will not cause too much of an issue for me in achieving these goals, as I am aware despite admitting to be an uneducated millennial, Brexit will have a noticeable impact on the agricultural sector.

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