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24 hours in farming is back

Published August 9th, 2017

The UK agriculture sector has a fantastic story to tell and ‘24 Hours in Farming allows everyone within the industry to share their stories about why they are so proud to work within the sector.
Here at Berrys we are proud of our rural heritage and we would like to share some inspiring stories of young farmers across the region with you.

A recent stat has revealed that only 4% of young people consider a career in farming.  For 24 Hours in farming we would like to introduce you to some inspiring young entrepreneurs who are at the thriving heart of the agricultural sector. If you have any stories you would like to share please use the #farm24 or #consideragriculture.

 

Meet the full team: 

Giles & Emily Bristol – First generation dairy farmers

What is your favourite part of your job?
Milking cows and seeing the litres in the tank.  Watching the cows at grass quietly making money.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
Always enjoyed working and being outside and the interaction with the animals. Giles worked on his uncle’s dairy farm from a very young age.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
Work hard, work for the right people, set goals, work closely with an advisor who isn’t directly involved in your business.

 

Adrian Riley & Paul Miller – Agricultural contractors

What is your favourite part of your job?
Getting the job done and happy customers

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
Having been to university and tried office work, the call of being outside was too great.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
Don’t underestimate the importance of office work.  If you don’t invoice customers and pay suppliers you won’t be in business.  Don’t get too big to quick.  Don’t give up. Cultivate a good relationship with your advisor and bank manager, one holds the funds and one holds the key.

 

James Price – Arable farmer & rural entrepreneur

What is your favourite part of your job?
Satisfaction of growing something.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
Eyes weren’t good enough to be a fighter pilot!

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
Find out what you enjoy and what you’re good at and then make the most of any opportunities that you get.

 

Steve Oakley – Sheep farmer of Pedigree Lleyn and Lleyn cross Texel ewes.

What is your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part is definitely seeing our own breeding (ewe lambs and Rams) coming through and performing well and exceeding our expectations.,

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do!

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
Work hard and try to get as much experience from different people as possible. Everybody does things slightly differently and you can pick up bits of knowledge from most.


Guy Banham – Farm business consultant

What is your favourite part of your job?
The relationship and trust you build up with your clients.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
I wanted James Herriot’s lifestyle and I’m not clever enough to be a vet.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
Never give up, don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

Ian Williams – Arable farmer with anaerobic digester

What is your favourite part of your job?
Growing the crops – season to season Satisfaction is the more you put in, the more you get out of it. Good harvest is satisfying but it comes with ups and downs.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project? – It’s what I’ve always known and what I love.  The reason I decided to diversify with the AD was because arable is a volatile and uncertain market.  It’s crucial to sustain the business for the future by opening new doors.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture? Don’t attempt to do it unless your heart is in it.  If your heart isn’t in it, you won’t perform – you need to be in control of your own destiny.

 

James Sawatzi –Agricultural contractor at Paul Sawatzki & Son Agricultural Contractors

What is your favourite part of your job?
I would say the favourite part of my job is working in different parts of the countryside every day doing different jobs throughout the season which keeps it interesting,

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
I chose this career as I enjoy driving machines.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
I would say go for it as there is always a demand for staff and I don’t think there is any other industry that is more versatile.

 

Peter Collins – Stockman and Tractor Driver

What is your favourite part of your job?
Doing something different every day and being outside and working with animals.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project? Since a young age I have wanted to have a job working outside and love working with livestock especially cattle.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
It can be a hard job and at certain times of the year you have to work long hours, but there is no other job like it. Getting to work in the countryside, doing something you like.

 

Aston and Sarah James of AD & SE James

What is your favourite part of your job?
We Love that we are doing something that we are passionate about. Working together to an end goal, & setting up future choices for our children. Farming is in our DNA.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
We chose to diversify into poultry to ensure a more sustainable future for our family. It’s very hard to make a living on 130 acres. We both want to work from home and this investment has meant Aston can be at home. I’m still working out within Agriculture.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
The Agricultural industry isn’t just getting your hands dirty & being out in all weathers. I have always worked in Sales within the Agri industry as well as farming at home. There are great career opportunities within a fantastic industry. We live what we do even though it is hard at times but if you want something to work there is always a way of making it happen.

 

Tom Jones – Farmer

What is your favourite part of your job?
The favourite part of my job is the satisfaction I get from taking an animal from the field to the plate and enjoyment and positive reactions I receive from chefs and customers alike.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
I arrived my diversification point by doing things the wrong way round. I went to study in London after deciding to leave agriculture behind, but whilst working in bars and restaurants and talking to chefs about the low quality meat available to them I returned to the farm intent on producing the sought after missing piece of their culinary jigsaw. And it is indeed the most important yet undervalued part of the restaurant industry.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
The future of agriculture is bright if you concentrate on one simple thing: agriculture is just people selling things to people. All other professions and industries are underpinned by this simple philosophy but somehow agriculture loses sight of marketing its produce directly to the general public. Farmers, in the main, seem petrified to journey into urban areas to sell their goods when in reality the urban dwellers are extremely receptive to goods that they can trust and have a relationship with.

 

Danny Alderson – Shepherdess / stockperson and tractor driver

What is your favourite part of your job?
My favourite part of my job would be the rewarding part of rearing and working a long side young stock, as a calf rearer especially, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a group of young bulling heifers that you have reared from day one, ready to enter the next stage in their lives and watching them progress until they are of age to enter the herd.

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
I chose agriculture as a way of life because I love the community and the seasonal aspect of it all, within a new season arises new challenges and alternates job aspects. And although the farming community may be challenging, competitive and tough there’s a very warm close bond within the agricultural sector that’s something quite special and unique.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
My advice to anyone considering entering the agricultural sector is, yes it’s tough and challenging at times but also very rewarding if you give you’re full commitment and willingness with many amazing aspects. With so many different choices and challenges within the agricultural sector you will never be left bored! But an amazing, rewarding way of life that I would never ever change not having any part.

 

Paul Marks – Stockman

What is your favourite part of your job?
Sense of achievement at the end of the day to be able to look back at what I have done .

What made you choose your career / diversification / project?
I have chosen stock work as a career as I enjoy the yearly cycle and improving breeding of the herd and flock.

What advice would you give to someone considering a career in agriculture?
I would say to try it, farming is so diverse and there are many different jobs to do. Work for lots of people and gain as much experience as possible.