Interview with Young Farmer Georgina Gate-Moore
Introduce yourself! So I am Georgina (Gater-Moore) and I’m 20. I’m not from a farming background and currently I’m studying Agriculture at Harper Adams, and I’m on my placement year. (She’s also way too modest to mention she’s currently a British Farming Awards Agricultural Student of the year finalist, so a huge well done!) I currently have 20 ewes of my own, 11 Jacobs and 9 commercial crossbreds, as well as a sheepdog puppy called Bob.
What do you do? I started writing for student farmer (the NFU magazine) whilst in my first year at uni. Since then I’ve written for the young farmer focus section of the Farmers Guardian and worked at Farmers Weekly for my work experience, as well as my own blog comebyblog.com which basically focuses on things I’m interested in and passionate about. I created @YoungFarmersUK around 3 months ago, which highlights what different young people are doing across the UK in agriculture, so different people host the account for a week at a time. It takes a bit of time to organise; I’m always looking for new hosts of the account, so please contact me if you’re keen to share more about what you do.
How did you get involved in farming? Helping my brother on farm, feeding pet lambs at 11yrs old. Me and Mum started helping out lambing together for the farmer who was moving farms at the time. We also helped out across the year, doing all sorts of things and I soon got the bug for sheep. I saved money and wages to buy ewes, and was also offered a job for the summer by the seller. My work placement year was organised through Harper with an Agri PR company who produce editorials for large newspapers/companies so I get out a lot on farms to interview people.
Best thing about working in agriculture? The variation; every day different, even if you’re having a bad day. As well like the work is physically demanding, which I enjoy. Obviously just being around the stock themselves and being outdoors is great too.
Worst thing about the industry? The worst thing is machinery, tractor work is OK for a few days but then it gets boring. In terms of the industry, consumer perception of the industry is really frustrating and I think it’s really difficult to get our message across as there are so many different systems so the message is inconsistent.
What do you think you and the industry will do in the next 5 years? I will be graduating in 2 years so my plan from then is to increase sheep numbers and I’d quite like to get into breeding pedigree Jacobs. I want to continue my writing and hopefully I’ll be doing that for a publication/mag or the company I’m currently working with. Obviously move out too and hopefully get a few different animals, so some pigs and alpacas would be cool. I’d be really interested in wool spinning using wool from the alpacas and the Jacobs.
Last meal on earth? It would probably have to be a steak, chips, tomato and peppercorn sauce by the gallon, with a glass of Merlot.
If you could be any animal what would you be and why? Capybara! They are my favourite animal, they are just so chilled out and relaxed!
What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t in agriculture? Hmm.. food critic, there’s just no way that could be a bad job is there?
If you could run your farm anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Probably France, they have a better relationship with their farmers and they appreciate good food. I would also love to go to Australia or New Zealand to see the scale of farming over there. I’d also love to try a hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales or Cumbria, just to see how different it was.
Best piece of farming advice you’ve been given? Watch stock before you do anything else, watching tells you a lot more than if you disturb them. Oh and also, sheep can swim!
For more, Follow Georgina on Twitter: @Georgielmgm