Guest blog: My life as a Young Farmer

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Guest blog: My life as a Young Farmer

Danielle McNulty is Chairman of the ‘National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ Youth Forum. In this blog she shares her experience as a young farmer.

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Danielle McNulty
Chairman of NFYFC Youth Forum.

05 November 2015

As a member of the Painswick Young Farmers Club – which is part of the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) - I hold the position of treasurer. To help me fulfil this role at my best, NatWest gave me the necessary training so that I could acquire the right skills.

I also work as a graduate management trainee for the ABP Food Group, looking after the agriculture stem of the business in Blade Farming - the UK’s largest beef production business - and I support managing calves.

On a typical day I visit Blade farms all over the country and I could end up managing 6,000 calves at any one time. As a young farmer, I also need to be up to speed with innovation so that I can find better ways of doing my job.

Over the next few years I am hoping to remain in the beef industry. The beef industry has always interested me – ever since I did my first stock judging competition with the Young Farmers.

Joining Young Farmers when I was 14 really helped me – not only with getting a head start to my career in the industry, but it has also supported me in acquiring a number of other skills which I have developed throughout the years.

It has been a journey: I started by taking my first official responsibility in a club role which then progressed into a county and then national-level role. Joining NFYFC has also reinforced my competitive nature by allowing me to take part in all sorts of activities from public speaking to hockey!

I would not change my time in young farmers for anything. It's developed me in ways which the town girl I was ten years ago could never even have imagined!

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