Nearly all the applicants selected have now been matched up with their mentors and work is underway to ‘get the ball rolling’ and put some plans in place to ensure successful outcomes.
We are also delighted to report that graduates from previous years have been showing their prowess in a whole variety of ways:-
Chris Dickinson and his 'Tailored Goat Company’ have featured in a great article in the NFU’s ‘British Farmer and Grower’; https://www.nfuonline.com/about-us/our-offices/north-west/north-west-news/tailored-goat-company-is-the-new-kid-in-town/
Lewis Steer (above) continues to make a strong mark in the West Country with ‘The Dartmoor Shepherd’ producing lamb for the butchery and retail trade particularly using local breeds.
Ben and Emma Graves are continuing to grow their suckler beef unit at ‘Foxley Farm’, Towcester.
Lisa Adams is moving ahead with her scheme to develop flock recording.
James Baker continues to grow his sheep and cattle business.
David and Bekka Corrie-Close (pictured above with Adam Henson) are progressing with ‘The Horned Beef Company’ and have been filming with Adam Henson for BBC Countryfile. They’ve also been short listed for the British Farming Awards for this year.
Also short listed for the awards is Richard Bower, one of our 2017 interview graduates who is undoubtedly making a splash in the world of agri-leadership.
While Ryan Came Johnson has been selected as one of the Young Farmers chosen to participate in The Lord Mayors Show in London in November.
Becky Waring, also one of our July graduates, is taking great strides with ‘Cherry View Milk’ and has begun selling directly from her farm via a vending machine; http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/customers-lapping-up-chance-milk-329858
Last in this roundup but by no means least, Toby Whatley with his Toad’s Mill British grown spelt flour is breaking new ground and also getting his share of publicity at the same time.
Altogether a satisfying report in addition to which several of our graduates have now been successful in being supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund by having the use of Land Rover Discovery’s for a period of twelve months.
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