Proud to be a Farmer Farmers Fast Five: Where we ask a farmer five quick questions about farming, and what agriculture means to them. Today we talk to Heels 2 Boots Video Blogger and Proud Farmer Sophie Brown
How long have you been farming?
I honestly don’t know when I became a farmer. Coming from the city, farming wasn’t natural to me, so when I started dating my husband eight years ago, everything farm related was new! Three years ago when we moved to the new family farm, I gave up my day job, so I guess I became a ‘farmer in training’ then! I only recently, on a departure card at the airport, described myself as a farmer, that was a big step for me!
What sort of farming are you involved in?
My husband and I live on one of his parents’ family farms. It’s a 530 hectare sheep and beef farm. We also have dairy grazers and are getting into bees.
What makes you proud to be a farmer?
The satisfaction of raising animals. It’s a great feeling to see the progression of lambs that are just born, then seeing them growing and then being used as replacements, having their own lambs.
Also knowing that we are producing some of the best quality food in the world, and ensuring that our animals have good quality of life along the way.
What do you love about your job as a farmer?
So many things! Waking up every day not dreading going to work! It’s great to be able to come home to your own kitchen every lunch time. Being out in the outdoors, and having a large amount of space leads you to have a better relationship with the land and better wellbeing as a person.
What advice would you give the next generation of farmers?
If it suits your learning style, go to university, challenge what you already know and do. A lot of farmers see themselves as ‘just a farmer’. Think of yourself as a businessperson who also happens to farm, and you will run a better farm, and be a better employer and employee. Always keep an open mind, be kind, and look outside of your own gate.