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Young Farmer Focus: Sophie Harvey - 'Nothing is ever certain in the showring'

Sophie Harvey, 24, farms in partnership with her father George, breeding pedigree Hereford, Limousin and Galloway cattle alongside some commercials.

 

Having studied agriculture at SRUC in Aberdeen, she also works part-time as a stockperson, and works on a freelance basis at sales and shows.

Shows: Showing is a big part of what we do as a family. It started out as a hobby for my father and his brothers, but as I have become older it has taken over.

 

The summer shows start for us at the end of May and we will be out almost every weekend until the beginning of September.

 

This year show’s season will be one I will not be forgetting anytime soon. I was given a Hereford heifer,

 

Harveybros 1 Crocus N1, for my 21st birthday in 2016 and her first heifer calf Harveybros Crocus Rose has been a real star, having won four breed championships and two reserve breed championships after only attending seven shows this year.

 

Champion: The highlight of the year so far, apart from winning reserve breed champion at the Royal Highland and the Great Yorkshire shows, was the Scottish National Hereford Show, held at Perth Show in early August.

 

Crocus Rose carried on her winning streak but went that step further, winning the overall Hereford champion, overall junior female of the show and reserve inter-breed champion.


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With one more show to go, hopes are high, but nothing is ever certain in the showring.

 

I am heavily involved in both the UK Hereford youth programme and the Young Limousin Breeders Club.

 

The UK Hereford youth programme is giving a great opportunity of a bursary to go to New Zealand for the World Hereford Conference in March 2020 to compete in the young breeders’ competition.

 

I have applied for the trip and have attended all the workshops which are great for learning new things and developing existing skills, but the selection process has not yet finished.

 

I am also the vice-chairwoman of the Young Limousin Breeders Club.

 

Day-to-day: I work part-time at home and for pedigree Limousin breeder Ian Nimmo of the Maraiscote herd.

 

As we have only a small number of cattle, there is not enough to justify me working full-time at home.

 

That being said, I still get up early every morning to feed my cattle before going off to work where I help halter break and wash sale bulls and the show team at the Nimmos’ family farm.

 

My days off are spent doing the very same thing; washing and halter breaking my next show or sale animals.

 

Looking to the future, I would like to own my own farm and produce both Hereford and Limousin bulls to top the market – maybe one day.

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