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Kayleigh Jones, Leicestershire sheep farmer

YOUNG farmer Kayleigh Jones, is a new entrant to farming.

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Having bought her own sheep this year, Kayleigh is now looking to expand her flock and introduce other animals on the farm, strongly believing diversity is the key to succeeding in farming.

She says: “I was made redundant in 2012, I took the opportunity to travel, volunteer and learn new skills to allow me to work towards a career change.

“I was turned away by colleges to study agriculture, so I volunteered on various sheep farms to gain the needed skills at lambing, this included a North Welsh hill farm where I was lambing 1,800 ewes on an indoor system.”

She says that at first she was nervous having been left in the lambing shed alone but soon discovered she loved it. “It was so tiring, but by observing the sheep all day, noticing behaviours and dealing with problems and asking questions, I learnt a huge amount in a short amount of time.

She progressed from there to Scotland and then Devon, both were outdoor lambing on an organic system.

“I now have my own flock which I am expanding and focusing on outdoor lambing, low input and pasture finished sheep which I will sell as meat boxes direct to my local community."

Read more about Kayleigh here or follow her on twitter: @misskrjones

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