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Young farmer focus: Will Tizzard, 23 - 'My mistakes taught me more than I ever could've imagined'

Will Tizzard, 23, is an Arla farmer owner who works on a 920-acre organic dairy farm in Blandford, Dorset, where he milks 370 cows.

 

He graduated in agriculture at the University of Reading in 2016.

Background: Since I was born and bred on our family farm, and have been helping out from a very young age, people often assume farming was always my dream.

 

However, it was only at the age of 15 that I truly understood the potential of the dairy farming business.

 

I studied agriculture at the University of Reading, then spent six months in New Zealand on a 600-cow dairy farm – and I believe I learnt equal amounts doing each.

 

New Zealand was a real eye-opener and I was amazed by the efficiency of its large-scale grazing herds, great work-life balance and progression opportunities for young people through contract and share-milking.

 

I returned to the family farming business where I had the opportunity to take on my own tenancy and now milk 370 cows on an organic spring block calving unit.

 

Family: I feel very fortunate to be in this position and would not have been able to do it without the support of my parents.

 

Dad and I tendered for the 920-acre block of arable land together and he gave me a business loan for the parlour, infrastructure and cows to get started.

 

I have also been very fortunate to be able to use my family’s existing dairy farming enterprise as an example from which to develop my business.


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