Emma goes Down Under

Emma Kelcher, from Longhorsley.
Emma Kelcher, from Longhorsley.

A YOUNG farmer will have no shortage of woollies for her faraway trip as she’s off to a New Zealand sheep farm.

Emma Kelcher, pictured, of Longhorsley, is travelling to the other side of the world for four months of paid work experience.

The 21-year-old student, who is in her final year of studying Food Quality and Business Management at Harper Adams University College in Shropshire, was awarded the placement through the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC).

She said: “I filled in an application form through the NFYFC Discovery Programme, was interviewed, and then told that I had been awarded a placement.

“I’ll be working on a beef and sheep farm near Limestone Downs on the North Island with hope of exploring the farming techniques over there.

“It will be good to travel and experience different cultures, as well as meet other young farmers from across the world.”

Emma has been a member of Tritlington Young Farmers for about two years. She has also notched up a number of achievements at Harper Adams, working as a warden, final year representative and course representative.

She is currently completing her dissertation investigating how Tobacco Rattle Virus affects potatoes grown for processing.

On her return from New Zealand, she will start a Management Development Services Food and Fresh Produce training programme.

The work experience trip is being sponsored by the C Alma Baker Trust.