Lucie Trapp is a 23-year-old sheep farmer based in Sevenoaks, Kent. She set up her lamb business in 2019.
While I do not come from a farming background, I have always had a passion for the countryside and for animals.
I managed to persuade my parents to let me complete an extended diploma in agriculture at Hadlow College. I fully immersed myself in practicals and work placements and absolutely loved it.
After college I did a degree in applied farm management at the Royal Agricultural University and during my third year, set up my own sheep business - Lucie’s Lambs.
It is a small flock of pedigree Romney sheep reared solely on grass for freezer boxes sold direct to the consumer.
As I expand, I want to sell to farm shops and help educate the wider public about the benefits of grass-fed meat.
I still keep in contact with several of my friends from college and I love attending local agricultural shows.
I have been extremely fortunate that my local community has helped me through purchasing my lamb and providing additional grazing.
My passion for grass-fed and regenerative farming began when I was working on a beef farm in Upstate New York, USA, aged 18.
I saw that it was entirely possible to rear livestock solely off grass, in a sustainable and carbon-neutral manner.
These cattle not only lived outside all year round, even in the harsh New York winters, but were healthy and did not receive any preventative antibiotics or growth hormones.
I am proud to be part of the UK agricultural industry as we have some of the highest animal welfare standards and are among the lowest users of antibiotics in the world.
It is a little frustrating that many consumers are not aware of this and instead rely on data that comes from the US.
I think we need to look at good food, food security, social justice and climate justice as a whole, not individually, as they are all part of the same story.
Everyone in the UK should be able to afford good food, produced locally and sustainably.
Consumers should understand that home-produced meat can be more sustainable than, say, chickpeas imported from South America, and farmers should not be afraid of pointing this out.