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Hannah Jackson, Cumbria

Hannah Jackson is a National Sheep Association Next Generation Ambassador 2016 from Armathwaite, Cumbria.

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“I’m a passionate, dedicated and hard-working shepherdess, working with my two dogs in a self-employed capacity.

“As a first generation farmer, I’ve had to carve a place for myself in a traditional, male-dominated industry. I work on a range of both long and short-term contracts, covering various farming systems. My skill base is varied and reflective of the agricultural calendar. Just to make things a little busier I run a flock of 80 commercial ewes on top of that.

“Where did it all began? One sunny Cumbrian afternoon three and a half years ago, I witnessed a ewe give birth to a lamb with the beautiful scenery all around her. There was a bright light, flash of lightening (whatever you like to call it), and the rest is history.

“I’ve always been known as ‘Dr Dolittle’ to all my family and friends, therefore my announcement of becoming a farmer wasn’t exactly a shock, in fact it was probably predicted.

“Being a shepherd is so rewarding, it’s the perfect combination of animals, nature, and hard work, bringing great fulfilment. I leap out of bed every morning, and I love that I don’t live for the weekend or dread Monday’s. I don’t class my work as a job, it’s a lifestyle and I love it.”

Follow Hannah on Twitter at @redshepherdess

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