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Young farmer focus: Luke Winton - 'People don't realise the effort farmers put in'

New entrant: I have always wanted to be a farmer. I love waking up each day knowing I am going to the farm. It is a great feeling and something I am proud to do.

 

Although I am a new entrant in the farming world, farming is in my blood as my grandad worked on a farm for about 30 years.

 

I have been at the farm since April and have learnt so much in that time, but finding a job in the industry was not easy.

 

I had many rejections, but I did not give up and it is now hopefully the start of something great.

Before joining the team, I never knew how much farmers did to get produce to the public.

 

A lot of people also do not understand how much time and effort is put in. We milk twice a day here and every cow’s teats are stripped twice a day to make sure nothing is blocking the milk.

 

She is then sprayed with iodine and wiped down before we put the clusters on. Once all the milk is out, the cows are sprayed again and let outside to enjoy their day.

 

As the milk goes to the public, it is vital these steps are taken to provide clean milk for daily use.

 

Cattle: There are more than 200 cattle at the farm. My daily routine before we all have breakfast is to make sure the cattle are fed daily on mixed home grown feed, which includes maize, baled hay, barley, dairy blend and grass silage.

 

I also need to make sure the cows’ beds and yard are scraped, making sure the calves have fresh bedding.

 

Since starting the job I have learnt how to drive tractors and now a trailer. I have also learnt about different cattle illnesses and even things as small as what various breeds of cattle there are.

 

It is all down to the staff at the farm, but mainly my boss, Abi Reader, who takes her time to explain everything.

 

Showing: This year I have been to the fantastic Royal Welsh Show for the first time, which was a really good day out. I also entered my favourite calf, Goldberg, into the Vale Show - my local. She is my favourite simply because she is the first calf I ever helped deliver.

 

Social media: I created a Facebook page called ‘Young Farmer - Luke Winton #TeamDairy Vlogger’, to help educate the public about where their food comes from and show daily life on farm.

 

There is also a superb Twitter account I was lucky enough to host last week called @YoungFarmersUK which gives young farmers a chance to show their daily life.


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