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Young Farmer Focus: Stephanie Dick - 'Being a young woman in farming has challenges but there are so many opportunities'

Stephanie Dick, 23, is a full-time mixed beef and arable farmer on the 1,214-hectare (3,000-acre) family farm with 800 cattle. She studied agriculture at the University of Edinburgh before travelling to the United States on a scholarship from the Aberdeen-Angus youth programme.

Working women: Farming has been in my family for generations and this is where my passion for the industry evolved from.

 

I do have a brother, however he decided he wanted to be a doctor and I wanted to continue the family tradition, so it is not your typical situation.

 

I think more women are becoming involved in farming these days though and it is great to see.

 

Being a young woman in the farming industry does come with its challenges but there are so many opportunities, options and youth clubs out there which are great to be a part of.

 

Opportunity: I am heavily involved in Young Farmers as well as being chairman of the Young Limousin Breeders.

 

They both have so much to offer. The opportunities in these clubs for youngsters in our industry really are phenomenal and they certainly have taught me a lot.

 

A great deal of my success has come off the back of what I have learned at these clubs and from competitions in them.

 

A few weeks ago Suzie Dunn and I won the SAYFC National Beef Cattle Dressing competition which was a great achievement.

 

Cattle: My main interest is cows. We also have a large arable farm which I help out on at busy times but my main passion is the cattle.

 

I love all aspects of working with them, be it the shows, sales, calving or the selection of genetics to try and produce the best calf possible and watch it grow into the animal you anticipated it to be.

 

We have a large herd of pedigree Limousin cattle and I have a small herd of Aberdeen-Angus too.

Through winter we are heavy into a calving season, so this week has been busy bringing new life into the world.

 

I also have British Blue and Limousin bulls for sale in the January and February sales so washing, halter breaking and training them is vital over the next few weeks.

 

Reward: I recently ventured into the sheep world too so, alongside the daily feeding and bedding of cattle, I am getting set up to scan my sheep and see if our ram Ricky has been doing his job.

 

Looking forward I do not ever see myself doing anything other than farming. The work is hard but I find it rewarding.

 

Farming is a job where you need dedication, determination and a passion for your industry. If you have those things and are involved in a big farming family, you will never find a better job.


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