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Young farmer focus: Katie Smith, 18 - 'I hope leaving the EU will open a lot of doors for farmers'

Katie Smith, 18, is in Year 13 at King Edward Camp Hill School studying to become a large animal vet. She has a small herd of Pygmy goats and spends her spare time as a rural blogger.

Experience: It usually surprises people when I tell them I do not come from a farming background. But despite not having rural roots, we have always had animals – so to me it is no surprise my major ambition is, and always has been, to become a vet.

 

Working with my own little herd of pygmy goats, as well as taking part in a wide variety of work experience from lambs to llamas, has allowed me to gain first-hand experience with things such as lambing and milking that are really important to have before applying to vet school.

 

I have had some amazing experiences, from learning to halter-train alpacas to lambing my first ewe, and I would love to do some more work with livestock in-between finishing my A levels this year. After that, I am hopefully going to study veterinary medicine in September.

 

Young farmers: I joined my local Young Farmers Club, Worcestershire, in 2015 with very little idea about what it was. I just knew they met nearby, that it would hopefully give me an opportunity to gain some valuable experiences on farms and make some great farmer contacts, and that it looked like a lot of fun.

 

I am now in my fourth year of membership and I have no plans to give it up any time soon.

 

Since joining, I have competed in stock judging, photography, public speaking, disco dancing and I have even cooked at the Royal Three Counties Show.

 

It is an amazing organisation and I do not know what I would do without all of the friends I have made through joining.

 

Writing: I write a rural blog called Woes of Wellies in my spare time, where I share the things I am up to with Young Farmers, test outdoor clothing – from work boots to tweed coats – and relay all of the unique experiences I have gained while completing work experience.

 

It is really important to spread the positive message of agriculture to young people, especially with the current situation surrounding Brexit. I have high hopes leaving the European Union will open a lot of doors for the farmers of this country and their excellent welfare standards.

 

It is a great time for young people to get interested in farming. Even for those not wanting to enter the industry, this is a really important time for everyone to back British farming.


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