In my role, I spend a lot of time travelling around farms in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall weighing calves and heifers. Day-to-day this means I spend a lot of time driving around with my trailer, but ultimately each day always looks a bit different. As well as calf and heifer weighing, I work with farmers to put together plans and protocols to build on their current calf-rearing practices. This is one of my favourite parts of the job as it’s really satisfying to feel like you’re helping our customers to achieve the best results.
I also run a Target 24 scheme, which aims to help farmers calve down their heifers at 24 months. Ensuring that heifers are performing as well as they can during their first two years is vital to their future success. I’m particularly interested in the costings of why this is important and I like to spend time working through this with my farms.