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Young farmer focus: Lucy May Griffiths - 'Covid-19 has proven an agriculture career is unstoppable'

Lucy May Griffiths, 20, is from a mixed farm in Radnorshire, Wales. She is in her second year at Harper Adams University studying agriculture with animal science. 

Background

 

Living on a mixed farm in Radnorshire, Mid Wales, a life in wellies is definitely the one for me.

 

We run a flock of Mule and Texel cross ewes alongside an autumn and spring calving suckler herd of pure Saler and British Blue cross cattle.

 

The lamb and prime beef are finished on grass and home-grown cereals.

 

Education

 

I am also in my second year at Harper Adams University and the Covid-19 pandemic has involved an unprecedented amount of time studying at home.

 

The perk of this has been helping during the last two lambing seasons and all the other jobs on a busy mixed farm.

 

The pandemic has shown us that an agricultural career is unstoppable, with the most noticeable change being missing pints with YFC.

 

However, competitions have gone virtual, so singing in the sheep shed has become the norm.

 

New hobbies have also been discovered and while many have baked enough banana bread to last a lifetime, I have turned to photography and the creation of an Instagram page @hillhousefarmphotography.


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Placement

 

I have been fortunate to secure a placement with Daylesford Organic, working with the beef and sheep.

 

This will be fantastic opportunity to gain a new perspective of different methods that may prove beneficial to me in the future, especially as the UK moves towards more sustainable agricultural systems.

 

It is also a chance to explore a different area and expand my network in the industry.

 

Challenges

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented challenges to all.

 

A lack of internet connection certainly provided frustrations when learning online and highlighted the need for rural areas connectivity to be equal to that of urban areas, for the benefit of the rural economy.

 

Future

 

Post-graduation, I intend to continue to work in the meat production sector and have a growing interest in farm animal nutrition.

 

I am keen to see how the combination of agronomist, nutritionist and farmer can benefit farms’ productivity and make greater achievements with the resources available on-farm.

 

I hope to continue developing the family business alongside my family with the potential to introduce diversifications.

 

I also hope the rest of my degree can be completed with minimal use of Microsoft Teams.

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