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Holly Fletcher Smith


Hi there, I’m Holly Fletcher-Smith, a 20 year old Harper Adams University Student studying BSc Agriculture with Animal Science.

A bit about me

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I grew up in rural Buckinghamshire, where my passion for farming developed from a young age, whilst helping my grandparents on their small Beef and Sheep farm. My ambition is to become an active part in the farming community and one day pursue my career in agriculture. I am proud to have the amazing opportunity of the ForFarmers Pig Placement, allowing me start my exciting career in an industry which I have a passion for. I am thrilled to take you with me on this journey.

My Harper Adventures

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Harper provided endless opportunities and encouraged me to try new things, from volunteering on the Harper pig farm, and doing an AI course. Whilst on my second year, I took on the role as the Women's Rugby Captain, which I never would have imagined me doing. Here I found my feet and pushed on a level that I had never been before. My actual playing skills on the pitch however saw less improvement!

These valuable early experiences have improved my organisation and people skills to mention a few. Allowing myself to become more confident in my communication, which will support my role as I begin my placement experience.

My Placement with ForFarmers

When looking at placements, I wanted to be open minded, with no specific job in mind post-graduation. Therefore, I decided to utilise my interest in agriculture and nutrition, but into an area of the industry that I was less experienced in, pigs.

The ForFarmers pig scholarship placement allows me to explore the companies' various departments including; marketing, technical, compound and young animal. Widening my skills and experience, ultimately creating a clearer image in mind of the career I wish to pursue in the long term. Potentially leading to a job post-graduation with ForFarmers.

ForFarmers has made me feel valuable, before I had even started my placement, they greeted me with open arms. I will be sharing my journey over the next 12 months with monthly blog posts to help you visualise a placement with ForFarmers. Giving you an insight into what happens behind the scenes, and of course to laugh along with me at the inevitable mistakes I will make and learn from.

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  • December 2020

    13 January 2021

    December was an action-packed month, which meant I had the opportunity to be part of some interesting projects for the technical and marketing teams. This included research ahead of the zinc ban in 2022, and a project looking into the different additives that we sell within our f...

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  • November 2020

    10 December 2020

    A new month, with lots of COVID restriction changes! My daily routine has transformed as I move from marketing to the next stop on my placement journey- the technical team.

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  • October 2020

    10 November 2020

    Since spending time on farm gaining practical experience with one of the UK’s top pig producers, I have been working with ForFarmers’ marketing and communications team on lots of exciting projects.

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  • September 2020

    30 September 2020

    My time with ForFarmers started off with two weeks at Horizon House, their UK head office based in Bury St Edmunds.

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