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Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFCs) are some of the true gems within our rural communities. They are places for youngsters to develop as people, to form life-long friendships, and they do so much good in terms of supporting and fundraising for local charities.
Cerys Fairclough, 16, lives on a family sheep farm near Newbridge on Wye, Wales, where she is successfully developing her own flock of Bluefaced Leicester ewes. She is also one of 12 young people to be selected for Farming Connect Agri-Academy.
Charlotte Garbutt, 24, from East Yorkshire, is an area manager for agrochemical company, Sygenta and is the current county vice chairwoman of Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club (YFC). She has also set up a pedigree Limousin herd on her smallholding in Billinghay, Lincolnshire.
Ewan Lambie, 23, works at home on the family beef and sheep farm just outside of Auchterarder. He is also a member of Strathearn Young Farmers and is keen to promote the quality of British produce to consumers.
Josh Millichap, 24, works mostly on his family beef and sheep farm. It has 900 breeding ewes and 85 suckler cows on 220 hectares (543 acres) across three holdings. He studied agriculture with farm business management at Harper Adams University.
Emily Jones, 19, is a second year agri-business student at Harper Adams University. Emily comes from a rural farming family, and lives with her boyfriend, Sam, whose family grow potatoes for McCain in Herefordshire.
Matthew Oldnall, 28, is a poultry specialist at Massey Feeds, currently studying a postgraduate diploma in poultry production at Harper Adams University. He also spent time in South Africa at the University of Pretoria studying animal science.
Sam Walton, 29, is a farmer’s son currently working on the farm at Tatton Park. He is a former student and assistant herd manager at Reaseheath College and is keen to help educate the public on where their food comes from.