Young farmer bat­tles to win £10k prize

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

A YOUNG farmer is aim­ing to be­come top of the crops in the fi­nal of a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Re­becca Kel­sall, 21, launched a busi­ness breed­ing rare sad­dle­back pigs at her un­cle’s farm in Lower Withington last year.

Her busi­ness – Pigling Pork - now sells a va­ri­ety of free-range, out­door­reared pork prod­ucts in­clud­ing sausages and roast­ing joints.

Now in a bid to be able to buy some of her own land she has en­tered the Farm­ers Weekly Ap­pren­tice com­pe­ti­tion.

She is one of 10 fi­nal­ists bat­tling it out for a top prize of £10,000.

Re­becca said: “I en­tered this com­pe­ti­tion as I thought it would be a great op­por­tu­nity to meet peo­ple who have the same am­bi­tions as me.

“I also wanted to get an in­sight into the dif­fer­ent sides of agri­cul­ture as I mainly just rear pigs at the mo­ment. Cur­rently I don’t have my own land so if I was to win this com­pe­ti­tion the money I get would be used to buy some acreage.”

Help­ing her un­cle rear some tur­keys for Christ­mas kick-started Re­becca’s pas­sion for farm­ing.

She went to Rease­heath to study equine man­age­ment and is now at Harper Univer­sity study­ing agribusi­ness.

As well as run­ning her own busi­ness Re­becca, who lives in Sand­bach, works as a relief milker for dairy farm­ers across Cheshire.

Re­becca added: “The busi­ness has been go­ing re­ally well but I’m tak­ing a short break as I’m off to Genus as a breed­ing pro­gramme ad­min­is­tra­tor.

“As for the com­pe­ti­tion, I’m pre­par­ing by do­ing some re­search into busi­ness ideas and en­trepreneur­ship, as well as driv­ing all sorts of trac­tors and ma­chines.”

As part of the com­pe­ti­tion she has trav­elled to Eas­ton and Otley Col­lege in Nor­folk to par­tic­i­pate in a se­ries of busi­ness chal­lenges based loosely on the hit TV show The Ap­pren­tice.

Farm­ing min­ster Ge­orge Eus­tice en­dorsed the com­pe­ti­tion. He said: “Cam­paigns like the Farmer’s Ap­pren­tice are an im­por­tant part of how we pro­mote the in­dus­try as an at­trac­tive ca­reer choice and I fully sup­port it.”

●● Re­becca Kel­sall

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.