Feeling 22

Hi everyone! It's been a while… but the last month has been pretty crazy! But I thought today I would do something a little different and list 21 great things that have happened in my 21st year.

  1. I started off my year as a blogging intern
  2. First trip to Boardmasters
  3. Started at Cornwall YFC
  4. First Christmas in the new house
  5. Got published in my first magazine!
  6. Won a blogging competition with NFU
  7. Got published in the Farmers Weekly!
  8. Started a monthly feature with the magazine that first published me
  9. Mum and I took a road trip
  10. I graduated with a 2:1!
  11. I was a part of the Cornwall YFC Entertainments team reaching the Entertainments final in Torquay and coming 2nd!
  12. My first AGM 🎉
  13. Jack and I took a trip to Bath
  14. My dad bought a gorgeous dog called Molly who we aren't sure how we ever lived without
  15. Lambing was successful
  16. I worked with my first brand
  17. I wrote a piece for Student Farmer
  18. I was interviewed for a Women in Farming blog
  19. Organised the Cornwall YFC 80th yearbook
  20. Got a job that I really wanted
  21. Had the best 22nd birthday anyone could ever wish for!

There is of course so much more than this but these are just a few that sprung to mind when I was writing the list ☺️

Here's a few birthday photos to end with…

Ruth x

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The Best Competition: YFC Entertainments

The 2017 Young Farmers Entertainments competition and why it’s the best one…

The Entertainments competition (or as we Cornish folk call it Cabaret) comes around every three years. Alternating with drama and panto. Oh yeah and it’s the BEST.

But why do I claim it’s the best of the competitions?

It’s so varied

The entertainments is truly entertaining (funny that) to watch because there are so many elements, you can’t be bored because it’s constantly changing. Being a part of the Entertainments means that one minute you could be dancing, the next singing or performing a comical sketch.

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It’s hard work but it’s so worth it

I’m writing this a week after AGM (#AGMBlues), where we came 2nd in the National Final with our production ‘How Pink is Your Panther?’. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of what we’ve achieved. But for me it’s so true what they say, it’s not the destination it’s the journey. I’ve been able to spend two evenings a week for the last six months with some incredible people, who I will miss dearly.

Even though sometimes on a cold dark evening you didn’t want to go and dance around in a freezing cold shed, looking back I know I have made friends for life doing it and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d happily go back to that shed if it meant we got to do it all over again.

In Cornwall we have a ‘Cornwall team’, made up from different clubs around the county, so some of these travel for up to an hour to get to practice therefore, these tend to be the clubs we don’t see as regularly. It’s such a brilliant way to meet new people you otherwise may not.

Our club performed a dance, the girls were dressed as painters and the boys were dressed in shirts, ties, blazers, oh and hot pants and heels. As you can probably tell it was based on that popular advert that seems to annoy everyone, but the audience seemed to love our version. You can see our dance on the Farmers Guardian Facebook here. 

I am so unbelievably grateful for the experience and it’s honestly left a massive hole in my life where it was. These two years until it’s Entertainments again better go quickly!

Have you taken part in the Entertainments competition before? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Don’t forget to check out Katie’s first installment of #FabulousYoungFarmers on her blog here!

*Credit to Farmers Guardian for photos*

Ruth x

Welcome Molly!

It’s been a busy month on the farm and we’ve welcomed a new addition, Molly!

We have a new addition to the family! A lovely collie called Molly. We bought Molly from the chap that scans our sheep, who has a good reputation for breeding and training working dogs.

Lets back track 18 months, when the heartbreaking decision was made to put down our beloved dog Jed, we had had him for about 17 years, so he was a good age but it didn’t make it any easier. So we’ve been without a dog for all this time and to be honest we weren’t ready for another dog.

So when our sheep were scanned dad got talking to the chap about what dogs he had and he thought he might just have one suitable. So a couple of weeks ago we drove for a good hour to see the dog he was talking about, this dog turned out to be Molly. The sweetest dog you could ever ask for. Of course having a good temperament wasn’t enough, we had to see what she was like working, but of course she excelled at that too. Even though there’s still a bit of training to be done she’s more than willing.

She was a delight to travel home and didn’t make a peep. She was obviously nervous at first in new surroundings but she’s settled in so well you would’ve though she’d been with us at least a month.

She loves riding on the back of the quad but being so keen we have to be weary about her jumping off to chase the sheep. They are heavily in lamb so it wouldn’t be good. At least we know she’s still keen!

I’ll keep you updated on how she’s getting on, we’ve got her on a month trial but I don’t think there’s any chance of her going back!

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Farmer Ruth Recommends: AgriBuy

It’s a short one for you today, here’s a quick recommendation for all your machinery buying and selling needs! The website is Agribuy, but what makes it so good? Well for a person that judges companies based on their websites Agribuy have got design down to a T.

It’s simple to navigate and use, with easy search tools putting equipment in to categories such as; Grass and Silage, Harvesting and Livestock Equipment,then just hit search and away you go.I love the simplicity, you can literally find whatever you’re looking for in a matter of seconds. It’s also quick and easy to list an item, they say you can do it in 3 minutes!

Agribuy also offer finance options and have a handy terminology section explaining everything you need to know.

agribuyIf you’re looking to buy or sell machinery make sure you check out Agribuy.

Ruth x

Livestock Event 2016: A Review

A little review of what was a very exciting Livestock Event for me, and possibly the last one ever…

5 best bits of (3)As we trundled up the motorway towards Birmingham, or rather Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, which is we were staying in a lovely AirBnb, aptly named ‘The Old Dairy’, I was excited. ‘There’s no way in hell I’ll win…’ I thought, but I was very much looking forward to going anyway. Livestock Event was one of those things that I’d always heard about, and thought ‘one day…’. Birmingham is quite far for us to go and it did take us a good four hours to get up there.

Let’s backtrack to a few weeks beforehand when I had an email from The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF). To say I was one of the finalists in their Farm Health Management Awards, with a piece of writing I had done as a part of my degree, and could I come up to the Livestock Event for the presentation?  I excitedly rang my boyfriend to see if he would come with me, and thankfully he was as keen as I was to go.

The event itself took place at the NEC, a huge venue. So its understandable to worry if the show would fill it, but it did. Rows upon rows of stands lined the hall, with machinery demonstrations outside, and calf igloos with gorgeous calves in.

We spent a lovely day there, I particularly enjoyed an inspiring talk by Women in Dairy, celebrating their first birthday, there was cake! MyMorning Routine-

We also watched the NMR Gold Cup, which was really interesting to see what the top dairy herds in the UK were achieving. A big congratulations to Simon Bugler for winning the coveted Gold Cup.MyMorning Routine- (1)

Next came time for The RABDF Farm Health Management Awards, so I nervously made my way over to the stand to meet with the other finalists and my tutor. There were two veterinary students and two agricultural students (that was me and my friend Ross), in the final. When they called Ross’ name as the runner up I physically couldn’t believe that I was the Agricultural Student Winner… even when I collected my certificate and trophy.MyMorning Routine- (2)

Needless to say I was a bit over excited when people wanted to interview me, and congratulate me. I was honestly overjoyed. I still don’t think its quite sunk in yet. How did we celebrate? Pizza Express, wine and the football. Rock and roll 😉

I want to thank everyone involved at the Livestock Event, it was a lovely day. However, in 2017 the Livestock Event is becoming the National Dairy Event, a one day event which will be in September, so I wish them every success with that. I’m hoping we might venture up!

Did you go to the Livestock Event? What did you think? Leave me a comment and let me know…

Ruth x

5 Best Bits of Royal Cornwall Show

Having the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues? Yeah, me too. Here are 5 of my best bits from the show.

If you’re anything like me then you’ll be currently suffering with the Post-Royal Cornwall Show blues, so to make myself feel better, and to remind myself of what a lovely show it was, I’ve put together my top 5 best bits of the Royal Cornwall Show 2016.

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#1 Food & Farming

The Food and Farming tent is a main point in the show, and no show would be complete without a trip to it. It contains all the best of Cornish food and drink, and it is yummy. My particular favourites this year were; The Cornish Country Cordials (say that 5 times fast!) and they had the most delicious mocktails, which were so beautifully refreshing and such a wonderful idea! It was no wonder they had sold out by the end of the show.

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#2 Pimms!

Pimms and the sun go hand in hand, add in a dash of the show and its the perfect combination. Nothing makes me feel like summer is finally here like a glass of Pimms! I shared a jug with a few friends in the members pavilion.

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#3 Shearing

Royal Cornwall holds a purpose built sheep shearing building, at which crowds gather to see some of the world’s best shearers battle it out against one another for who can shear the sheep fastest. It is seriously impressive and they make it look a lot easier than it is, trust me!

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The show is still very much an agricultural show, a place to do business and catch up with old friends. I believe it is extremely beneficial for the agricultural industry, that even though the industry is going through hard times with the falling prices, that everyone can still come together and celebrate successes in the show ring with one another.

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#5 The Main Ring

Now, the main ring, the hub of the entertainment at the show. Each year I thoroughly enjoy whatever the main ring has to offer, and this year was no exception. My top pick this year was the inter-hunt relay competition. It was truly wonderful to see these long established hunts doing their thing in the ring and how well behaved the hounds were (lots of bribery).

Sneaky #6..The Shopping!

What? No, I’ve always had these shoes…

Thanks to Royal Cornwall Show for putting on another great show! Only 358 days to go!

Leave me a comment and tell me your favourite part of the show…

Ruth x