Emma Merrett

Qualification & subject:
Apprenticeships Agriculture apprenticeship
Farming on a 300-cow dairy farm

What I do

I worked on a mixed farm at Lydney while I was doing my apprenticeship and I was constantly learning new things. It was a very mixed farm with 270 ewes, 100 suckler cows plus followers and bull beef, 100 acres of rented arable ground, 200 turkeys and the odd horse as well! Now I work on a 300-cow intensive dairy farm. It’s a new challenge after sheep and beef!

How Hartpury helped to get me there

The apprenticeship gave me the opportunity to learn while I carried on working, which was the best option for me, and I also got the chance to complete my Loadall ticket (farm vehicle operation qualification), Emergency First Aid and my Quad Bike short course qualification. I learned so many useful skills on my course, like looking after the health and welfare of animals, the importance of routine treatments to livestock, grading of sheep and beef for market, plus relevant legislation and health and safety.