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Young farmers focus: Rachel Murdoch - 'I knew from a young age I wanted to follow in my father's footsteps'

Rachel Murdoch, 27, is a shepherd on an estate in Ryedale, North Yorkshire.

Farm

 

We run 2,500 ewes, breeding our own replacements, with a mixture of lambs being sold as stores or running on through to fat.

 

I have the pleasure of doing all this alongside my dad.


I grew up a shepherd’s daughter, helping out as soon as I could walk.

 

I knew from a young age I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps. Little did I know I would do just that and get the opportunity to work with him.


I had it all planned out. I would finish school, go to college and university, then on to Australia for some work experience.

 

But unfortunately, 10 years ago, life had other ideas and I was diagnosed with cancer.

 

Dreams

 

But after making a full recovery it has made me the person I am and it just goes to show that no matter what, you can achieve your hopes and dreams.

 

Without any qualifications other than my GCSEs, my experiences have got me to where I am today.

 

I have my parents to thank for a lot, they have taught me so much and have supported me all the way.


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Young Farmers Club

 

I have been an active member of Easingwold YFC since I was 12 years old, taking part in all sorts of competitions over the years.

 

My greatest achievements in YFC has to be winning the most points out of the whole rally, as well as having the pleasure of pulling with both Penistone YFC and Great Smeaton YFC at the YFC tug of war nationals.

 

But with me now being out of age I can concentrate more on my main loves in life, my sheepdogs and tug of war.

 

I go all over the country with both hobbies and had the honour of representing England at the international sheepdog trials as a young handler in 2014.

 

Sheepdogs have always been a massive part of my life and I would not be able to do my job without them.

 

Women

 

At these uncertain times who knows what the future holds, but one thing I do know is that I am proud to be a woman in agriculture and it is great to see so many more women coming into the industry.

 

One thing we should always remember is we can and we will.

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