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Holding onto my identity since farming…

5th August 2018

2018 has been a weird year to say the least. The last 7 months have been a blur for many reasons – and it will not be a year that I look back with fond memories of, for various personal reasons. Since I started farming around 18 months ago, life has inevitably revolved solely around the farm – it’s like having a child in a way, the ‘third person’ in the relationship. One day Andy and I had access to…

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Are you even a farmer until…

30th July 2018

1. You take your boots and socks off and there is a solid white sock tan line lurking underneath – note to self, only LONG dresses can be worn in the near future due to said horrific tan lines. Same applies for the myriad of different t-shirt/vest lines that are going on on my shoulders and back right now. 2. You have to leave halfway through dinner with friends/family due to the fact that (insert appropriate animal here) are out!…

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Shearing FAQs

20th June 2018

Why do you shear the sheep in the first place? The main reason we shear all of our sheep is down to maggots. Yes, you heard right, I said, maggots. Horrible little things, flies lay eggs in the fleeces in hot/humid weather and hatch out maggots that in turn nibble at the ewes skin – they can be very nasty and the best way to prevent this from happening is to shear the fleeces so that the flies can’t lay…

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Becoming more aware of how food is produced…

4th June 2018

As some of you may know, I’m part of the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation for 2018. There are around 50 of us in total this year, and the course runs for a year and offers a range of different training workshops, mentoring and supply chain visits to different Tesco suppliers/farms. It’s been really interesting to learn a bit more about the different sectors of farming and just how food is produced in general. I’ve been all around the country so…

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Farm life balance

19th May 2018

When I gave up my ‘desk job’ I immediately thought that my new life is going to no doubt, be healthier. All that fresh air and running around the countryside – compared to commuting and sitting down all day. Of course, I was right, my life is alot more active that it used to be. Sure, I used to go to the gym each week, but nothing really compares to a career where you are physically ‘on-the-go’ all the time.…

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FAQ’s about Lambing

12th April 2018

So my lambing posts on Instagram have prompted quite a few questions in my DM’s so I thought I’d write a quick blog post answering the most asked…hope its useful – if I’ve missed anything else, as always, I’d love to hear from you! Thank you for all of your lovely messages about lambing – I love receiving them, so please keep them coming! How many lambs are you expecting from the flock? Overall our flock scanned at 181% (with…

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Instagram vs. reality in Farming…

23rd March 2018

I want to talk about Instagram vs. reality. I like to think that my Instagram/blog depicts the realities of farming life, that is…to a certain extent. What I mean is, when I’m having a really down day, for one reason or another, I probably won’t post about it. This is because I like to think of my blog/social media as a positive place, and I don’t want to overshare my problems/be seen to be moaning. I would say that I…

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February 2018 on the farm… 

3rd March 2018

For us, February is always a bit of a struggle. It’s too cold for the grass to grow, my hands are like blocks of ice and my lips are positively falling off as they are so dry. Let me talk you through my clothing situation most days at the moment. There’s the sports bra, then a ‘technical thermal top’ (you know one where it has holes to put your thumbs through), then there is another long sleeved top and then…

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January 2018 on the farm…

3rd February 2018

January…a month that instills fear into even the most positive of people. It’s always a tough one isn’t it, the post Christmas slump where you’ve over indulged and feel you need to change every aspect of your life to try to be a better person as the new year begins(!). Farming wise, for us, January is always a bit of a tricky one. Grass is scarce and its usually pretty wet, and my god this January has it rained! We’ve…

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My online Agricultural College…

28th January 2018

Oh Hi! It’s my first blog in a little while…first of 2018 in fact – better make it good…no pressure then! So I’m going to be a bit serious in this one. I want to talk a bit about the internet today – and how ruddy lucky we all are that in order to find out things, we don’t have to go and root around in a dusty old encyclopedia or load up a CDROM of Encarter 96′ we simply…

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Common misconceptions about what it means to be a farmer…

18th October 2017

Upon telling people ‘I’m a farmer’ I’m often met with a quizzical expression. This could be down to the fact that, lately it’s usually when I’ve been at a wedding sat next to someone I don’t know, and I’m scrubbed up, made up and dressed up (no mud/straw in my hair… etc). The expression is usually followed by, ‘Oh really…you don’t look like a farmer…’ (whatever that means…what in everyones mind DOES a typical ‘farmer’ look like?! Flat cap? Chewing…

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