Young farmer Rachel Fife will trade Northumberland for Australia when she represents Glendale Agricultural Society at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference in the autumn.
Rachel, a farmer’s daughter from Coldrife Farm near Chathill, will travel to Brisbane as Glendale’s Next Generation Ambassador.
She said: “This really is an opportunity of a lifetime for me. It is a difficult industry to start up in, and I feel that the knowledge that will be available to me at the conference will go a long way in helping me achieve my overall aim to start up my own farming business breeding pedigree Suffolks.
“I am very interested in learning about new ideas and techniques that can help the farming industry, and I am really looking forward to getting an in-depth look at the issues facing primary production in South-East Queensland in the farming and agriculture industry.”
Glendale Agricultural Society, one of the smallest in the UK, prides itself on highlighting and addressing issues which affect agriculture and the community – and becoming a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) four years ago has enabled it to send its second delegate to the international conference. Rachel, 24, has grown up immersed in the countryside and has always wanted to farm.
She looks after the family’s 40-ewe flock as well as taking care of all the farm paperwork. In addition, she works at Northumbrian Quality Feeds near Belford and is a self-employed contract shepherd during the summer months.
She has previously spent three months travelling and working in New Zealand, in particular she worked in shearing sheds, grading the wool as it was being clipped, penning sheep and pressing wool.
Making the announcement, Simon Orpwood of Glendale Agricultural Society and a trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Agricultural Society, said: “Rachel has agriculture in her blood; we were looking for someone with an abundance of enthusiasm and an interest in the agriculture sector, and Rachel was the ideal person.
“The society wishes Rachel all the best on her travels to Australia.”
Glendale Agricultural Society has contributed £500 toward Rachel’s trip and is currently looking to secure further funding to cover some of the costs.
The RASC Next Generation scheme looks for candidates under the age of 40 with an involvement in agriculture who also have the potential to contribute to the long-term face of agriculture in the region, the country and the Commonwealth.
During the conference, the RASC coordinates a separate Next Generation Forum where future leaders of the Commonwealth Agricultural Societies meet together, learn and discuss related issues.