Teenager Julia Cherrie is fully committed to becoming one of the country’s top producers of premium beef aimed primarily at the luxury market.
The 18-year-old has a herd of 24 Highland cattle which graze on land near her home in Ingram.
The last few years have been difficult for Julia, who developed health problems in the middle of her GCSE studies.
Operations led to a long and painful process of recovery, during which her exam results suffered.
Despite the setbacks, she was determined to move on and, with the help of her parents, bought some livestock and began breeding them.
She successfully applied to The Prince’s Trust for a development award, which allowed her to buy specialist handling facilities used for mandatory veterinary tests.
She has now gone from owning two beasts to 24, which graze on land she leases.
Julia said: “The first few years of farming are about breeding year after year until you’re 100 per cent satisfied you have a great product to sell.
“This takes patience and determination but I wouldn’t be where I am now without that initial support I’ve received from family, friends and the development award from the Trust.”
Keen to give something back, Julia became a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust in the hope that she could inspire others with her story.
She has gone on to share her experience at many charitable events and even met X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini at an event held by The Prince’s Trust to discuss youth employment in the North East.
She said: “As a result of the help received from The Trust, I am determined to give back and to encourage other young people who may be facing difficult challenges. The help and support given to me by The Trust makes me believe that with the right mindset and the proper support, you really can achieve your dreams, with or without great qualifications.”