Katie Hall, 30, has recently been elected chairwoman of council of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).
Young Farmers: My mum, Brigette Hall, is president of Gloucestershire county federation YFC and my cousin, Caroline Bennett, is the county’s chairwoman this year too.
YFC is the best organisation out there for young people and we are all focused on making sure it stays that way.
There is a lot to be done this year but I am excited about the challenges and changes ahead that I will be guiding in my new role as chairwoman of the national council.
I am also spearheading a new campaign called #ProtectYourFuture to encourage our 615 YFCs to plant trees in their local community.
We would like to plant one tree per member to show that the next generation is committed to safeguarding our environment.
Working life: When I am not involved in YFC activities, my day job can be quite varied.
As a regional sales representative for Bonanza Calf Nutrition, I can be on the road a lot visiting farms. I offer advice to farmers on the ways to feed the milk powder we supply to get the best out of their animals – be that a dairy replacement heifer or a beef animal.
I love helping farmers get the most out of the products and the service we provide. It is always enjoyable going on the journey with them to improving their stock.
Female factor: While I love what I do, I have had to face a few hurdles in this industry as I am not from a farming background and because I am a woman.
Over the years, I have often been judged before I have had chance to show I have the knowledge and experience that can help.
I know my job inside out and I have worked hard to get to the position I am in, so I do get frustrated when people make assumptions about my abilities.
Inspiration: My passion for agriculture was definitely nurtured through my involvement with my local YFC and it is true that you do not have to be a farmer to be a ‘Young Farmer’.
YFC offers a great deal of skills and inspiration; you might be a trainee accountant by day but could find yourself judging cattle during a club meeting at the weekend.
I know farmers, florists, managers and MPs that will admit many of their skills were gained through YFC. Those publicmspeaking competitions have helped a lot of people – including me.