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Young Farmer focus: John Houseman, 19 - 'I want to prove what a great bunch of people Young Farmers really are after cancellation of AGM'

John Houseman, 19, works on the family farm milking 500 Holsteins run by his father Richard, uncle William and grandfather John. He is currently on placement at Blankney Estates, Lincolnshire, working as general farm worker.

Growing up: I have been involved with farming since I was born, growing up on our family farm in North Yorkshire.

 

We have a moderately-sized mixed farm consisting of arable, bed and breakfast and pigs and our main enterprise is a 500-cow milking herd.

 

I have worked on four or five different farms for family and friends, milking cows and carting cereals through harvest.

 

I have a strong passion for farm management and improving farm efficiency, which encouraged me to go on to further education after two years studying agriculture at Askham Bryan College.

 

I have just finished my first year at Harper Adams University which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I have met a wide range of like-minded people and learned a lot about how farming practices differ up and down the country.

 

I have also enjoyed a great social life at Harper, having attended many a good do.

 

I am currently on my placement year at Blankney Estates, Lincolnshire. Blankney is a 5,665-hectare estate growing a wide variety of crops for animal feed, energy production and human consumption.

 

In the last few weeks, we have been busy gathering in wheat and spring barley. The weather has had an impact, with wheat yields falling short of the five-year average and causing a shortage of good quality grass.

 

YFC: I have been a member of Winksley-cum-Grantley Young Farmers Club for seven years now.

 

Over the years I have regularly attended meetings and competed in competitions at the district and county rallies.

 

Young Farmers has contributed massively to my social life, acting as a platform to meet new people and go to some great social events.

 

So I, like many others, was incredibly disappointed to hear that the national convention had been cancelled.

 

I therefore decided to set up a Facebook event to organise an unofficial AGM at Blackpool in 2019.

 

The page has already gained a lot of attention from Young Farmers around the country and I have spent time liaising with local bars and hotels in Blackpool.

 

I plan to continue this going forward, to make sure the event happens, while attempting to raise a lot of money for the Association of Air Ambulances and RNLI Blackpool.

 

This is not only to show our support for the chosen charities, but to prove what a great bunch of people Young Farmers really are after having had our reputation tarnished by the minority at this year’s AGM.

 

Post-Brexit: I have great hope for UK agriculture post-Brexit. Although it is very unclear what type of a deal (if any) is going to be made with the EU, I am confident that trade deals with countries inside and outside of the EU will be made as there is a demand for our high-quality produce.

 

There are lots of passionate young people coming into the industry and I think as farming becomes tougher these people will drive UK agriculture forward, improving efficiency.

 

 


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