Farming is a way of life for us here at Cheale Meats and it is a joy to wake up every day and do something you enjoy. As British producers we are proud to supply to the UK and EU markets with a range of produce that is Red Tractor Approved.
It can seem tricky to know where to start if you are interested in becoming a farmer but have no prior experience. We have a few tips that could help you enter the British Farming industry:
Learn about farming. Do lots of reading and research and think about which area of farming most interests you. Is it farming livestock or growing crops? Do you have a passion for produce and could see yourself creating cheeses for example? There are so many different areas of farming that you can explore and work out which area is of the most interest.
Visit some experienced farmers. Arrange some visits to working farms and see how they operate. Ask as many questions as you like and make notes as you go. Pay attention to every aspect of the farm and imagine if this is something you would realistically do for a living. Enthusiasm and passion will go a long way!
Find out if you could gain work experience on a local farm. Many farms will often need seasonal workers during busy times and this could be an opportunity to learn more whilst making some money. Alternatively you could ask for a few days unpaid work experience during the quieter months which will give you a chance to work closely with the farm and really see if it is something you want to explore more.
Look into apprenticeships. There are many schemes and apprenticeships that may work for you. These include:
And more on the Apprenticeship Guide
Consider taking some classes or a course at an Agricultural college. Whilst you do not always need qualifications to work on a farm, it is recommended if you are serious about developing a career in the industry. It will give you so much knowledge and allow you to develop your skills to ascertain which area of farming is suited to you. It will also allow you to make contacts with numerous people along the way. If you are unsure of where to start and are still at school visit your careers office and they can give you some advice. Alternatively research online and attend a few open evenings at a college that has the right course.
Here are some further links for more information:
Farmers Weekly http://www.fwi.co.uk/
National Farmers Union https://www.nfuonline.com/home/
Farming Monthly http://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk