I come from a long line of farmers, farming land on the Romney Marsh. Some of my earliest memories are of lambing!
I have worked at the forefront of sheep production, both commercially and with small holders, for more than 30 years. I was involved in the early days of back fat scanning and recording with Signet, where we worked alongside Wye College to improve scanning rates and carcass quality. I also worked alongside a vet for a year, working on the Romney 2000 project.
I worked in Denmark for nine years as Flock Manager for the largest flock in Scandinavia, Krenkerup Estate. Producing high quality meat for the high end restaurant trade was a unique challenge, especially as there is very little understanding of sheep in the country. Working alongside consultants, I was able to improve understanding, creating appropriate management systems for sheep.
Since coming back to the UK, I have been working on a flock grazing National Trust ground on the South Downs. This combined two of my passions: nature conservation and sheep! Working alongside the Trust, we have been able to create an environment that optimises sheep grazing, whilst protecting and enhancing the surrounding nature.
For the last 8 years I have worked with students from various institutions during lambing. This has included the Royal Veterinary College, the University of Nottingham and Brimsbury College. This not only helps educate the students, but ensures I stay up to date with modern practices.