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Young Farmer Focus: Paige Dalby, 24 - 'I've learnt that every farm is truly unique'

Paige Dalby, 24, works at insurance broker Farmers and Mercantile. She is also a member of Escrick Young Farmers and was the RABI YFC ‘young person of the year’ cup winner 2018.

Young Farmers: The date was Saturday, September 16, 2017, and I found myself dangling 40 metres over the Larpool Viaduct, Whitby.

 

I found myself questioning my inability to say no and wondering how I always end up in these situations.

 

I joined Escrick Young Farmers Club (YFC) in North Yorkshire at the age of 16 and really threw myself into all opportunities, including organising rallies, dinner dances, stockjudging competitions and ski trips.

 

My YFC training has set me in great stead for volunteering with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI); a charity which is now very close to my heart.

 

The volunteering work undertaken for RABI aims to help raise funds and awareness of the charity, which supports farming families and communities in times of need.

 

It was a great honour to be named the YFC cup winner by RABI earlier this summer, as it has an amazing network of hardworking and dedicated volunteers.

 

Day-to-day: My employer, Farmers and Mercantile, has been very supportive. It recently sponsored a Strictly Come Dancing-style dinner and dance at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, where I was, again, cajoled into taking part and learning the jive.

 

The evening turned out to be a great success and my partner and I were lucky enough to walk away with the Glitterball Trophy.

 

I have been involved in the agricultural insurance sector for more than six years, spending a lot of time on farms with clients, reviewing policies and making sure each business has the correct cover.

 

I really did learn how every farm is truly unique.

 

Through my work with RABI and YFC, I have this year taken up the post as our marketing and events executive.

 

Showing: As show season is upon us, my new role is keeping me busier than ever, as I support our office across England, Scotland and Wales.

 

This summer we have attended lots of different shows, including Cereals, Lincolnshire, Burwarton and Ayr.

 

The next show in our diary is Nidderdale at the end of September.

 

Ultimately, it is about understanding and delivering insurance advice and products that suit the individual farm.

 

Insurance may not always be at the top of the agenda for many farm operations, but we take pride in providing farmers with independent advice and guidance to help minimise risks and exposure.

 

As for me, I had no plans to expose myself to any great heights in a hurry again, until a team skydive was mentioned.

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