Jenni Lewis, 21, farms beef cattle with a herd of Simmentals, Dexters and Aberdeen Angus cross. She grew up on a farm in a small village called Biddlesden where the family finished Fresian bulls for beef.
University: Being a young person in the agricultural industry is not easy. Everything costs money.
Land and equipment costs are rising, too, which makes it hard to increase my business, and I am having to make do with what I can.
Another challenge is how unpredictable the industry is, regarding disease and profits.
A big worry for me at the moment is bovine tuberculosis (TB). Last year, one of my in-calf Dexter heifers got an inconclusive, which meant she had to be isolated until the next test when she fortunately went clear.
However, she can never be moved now unless to slaughter under the new TB regulations.
Background: I grew up on a farm in a small village called Biddlesden, where we finished Friesian bulls for beef.
We brought them in as calves and raised them until between 18–24 months, where they were mainly fed on an intensive system.
When I was small I used to enjoy helping my parents feed the calves and as I got older, I started to give the calves names and remember being quite upset when they were sold at market.
But I got my first Dexter in September 2005 and my first Simmentals in May 2006, which I show every year all around the country.
I love having my own cattle and find it rewarding seeing all the hard work not going to waste at the end.
I am most proud of becoming the National Young Stockperson of the Year 2015, with a heifer I trained myself.
My business: I am currently self-employed doing relief milking and lambing throughout the year.
I have been milking for coming up to four years and I love seeing all the calves grow up, as well as the cows throughout their lactation and dry period. I also AI for the dairy farms I milk for and have got a few calves on the ground, alongside my own small herd of Dexter and Simmental cattle, which I breed from and show.
Future: My future plans are to keep doing what I am doing work-wise and build up my Simmental cattle. I will sell off any offspring which do not fit in to the herd.
And depending on TB tests I hope to continue showing and gaining even more experience with different breeds.