A young farmer from north Northumberland is heading Down Under to join an international agricultural conference.
Rachel Fife, 24, from Coldrife Farm, near Chathill, has been chosen to represent Glendale Agricultural Society at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) conference being held at Brisbane Showground, Australia, in October.
A former pupil at the Duchess’s High School, Alnwick, she looks after the family’s 400-ewe flock and takes care of all the farm paperwork. She also works at Northumbrian Quality Feeds and is a self-employed contract shepherd during the summer.
She said: “This really is an opportunity of a lifetime for me. It is a difficult industry to start up in and I feel that the knowledge that will be available to me at the conference will go a long way in helping me achieve my overall aim to start up my own farming business breeding pedigree Suffolks.
“I am very interested in learning about new ideas and techniques that can help the farming industry, and I am really looking forward to getting an in-depth look at the issues facing primary production in South-East Queensland in the farming and agriculture industry.”
Glendale Agricultural Society has contributed £500 toward Rachel’s trip and is currently looking to secure further funding to cover some of the trip costs.
The RASC Next Generation scheme looks for candidates under the age of 40 with an involvement in agriculture who also have the potential to contribute to the long-term face of agriculture. During the conference, the RASC coordinates a separate Next Generation Forum where future leaders of the Commonwealth Agricultural Societies meet together, learn and discuss related issues.
For Glendale Agricultural Society, visit www.glendaleshow.com
For more information on the RASC Commonwealth Agricultural Conference please visit http://www.rna.org.au/rasc.aspx