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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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  • March 2021

    19 April 2021

    Life beyond zinc - I had the pleasure of working on this exciting project to help provide practical tips for life beyond zinc. The whole process made me appreciate the importance of communication between teams when creating accurate, helpful content for our producers.

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  • February 2021

    17 March 2021

    I have now passed the halfway point in my placement, I can’t believe how fast time has gone! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working across different departments so far, it’s really helped me build a valuable overview of the entire ForFarmers business.

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  • January 2021

    22 February 2021

    With 2021 underway, I’ve enjoyed getting to know the ForFarmers pig team and broadening on my understanding of one of our feed ranges, NOVA PreLac transition feed. I have been speaking to account managers individually about their experiences of NOVA, finding out more about ...

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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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