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Young Farmer Focus: Romy Jackson, 26: 'It would be nice for consumers to reward farmers' kindness'

Romy Jackson, 26, is a Harper Adams graduate and now a rural surveyor. Her parents farm beef Shorthorns in Oxfordshire.

Weather: When I sat down to write an article about the past week, one thing seemed unavoidable – the weather.

I was fortunate enough to be able to spend my Easter break visiting my mum and her partner on their Oxfordshire farm, where calving of the 160 Beef Shorthorns was in full swing. The fields were flooded and turning out seemed a long way away.

On the long drive back to Perth the weather turned to snow – a sight that makes me feel uneasy since the Beast from the East, when I was stuck in Yorkshire for five days.

Luckily, this time I made it home and by the morning the snow had largely disappeared.

However, as I write this I am wondering if spring will ever arrive.

It has been a difficult year for stock farmers and it was disappointing to see how quickly the public forgets about the help offered by farmers in bad weather. There were so many good stories about tractors coming to the rescue at a time when farmers were already busy keeping stock alive, it would be nice if consumers rewarded this with their buying power.

Day-to-day: My role as a surveyor with a national company offers a great deal of variety, which is what attracted me to the position.

For example, this week I arranged meetings with land owners to discuss solar farm potential on their property, set up a lease for a local Perthshire business to utilise redundant space on an estate and attended a training session in residential property management.

Young Farmers: The work SAYFC does providing training, travel opportunities and reducing isolation in the rural community is incredible.

I transferred to our Perth office from Essex two years ago and have never looked back, largely due to the welcoming attitude of Young Farmers.

Joining Bankfoot JAC allowed me to meet like-minded people and it has been rewarding to be part of the club during a successful year.

Bankfoot won the National QMS bale art competition and in February this year I was one of four members in the winning national speech making team. I have also been lucky enough to be one of 15 Young Farmers chosen to go to California for the Agri Affairs trip in November and am looking forward to seeing how they manage their own weather issues.

Brexit: It is important to seek out positives from Brexit and hope our quality produce can emerge on top.

Ultimately, we need to sell what the market wants and should adapt to changing consumers trends.

I hope my trip to California will highlight how American farmers have been so successful in achieving this so we can develop those principles in Scotland.

 


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