Our UK and Ireland team for the World Angus Forum 2017 Youth Competition is packed full with skilled, enthusiastic and passionate members, one of whom is Hannah Baldwin from Bracknell, Berkshire. Hannah has gained some valuable experience during her relatively young career working with cattle, along with gaining some great qualifications. At present, she is studying at Harper Adams University completing her BSc (hons) qualification in Agriculture with Animal Science.
She discovered her love of farming whilst completing her A-Levels to become a Physiotherapist. At the time, Hannah was volunteering with a contact who owned a herd of Dexters, and whilst working there Hannah decided that physiotherapy wasn’t the career for her, and her true passion lay in the agricultural industry. After her quick realisation, Hannah ventured to study at Berkshire College of Agriculture where she achieved Distinction Star in 18 modules! This fantastic achievement lead her to her current studies at Harper Adams University.
Being a natural agricultural academic and high achiever, Hannah has also acquired numerous qualifications and accolades in agriculture. Her proudest achievement was being presented as the National Young Stockperson of the Year 2016, which she qualified for at the Cornwall Show – an incredible success for the beginning of her farming career. She has also won the Angela Seymour Award in 2016, which she was nominated for by the Dexter Cattle Society for showing marked advancement in the caring and preparation of show cattle.
Hannah is also an active participant on our Youth Development Programme, which allows her to work with the most talented of stockmen and continue to improve and finetune her skills. Keeping up to date with what’s going on in the agricultural industry fuels Hannah’s interest and desire to work on a progressive livestock farm. She often reads agriculture magazines, newspapers and market reports to find out about current affairs and stay ahead of the game.
Hannah is honoured to be representing the UK and Ireland in the upcoming World Angus Forum Youth Competition, saying: “when I opened the email to confirm my place on team I was lost for words! Starting from a non-farming background and working my way up I never thought I would be part of such an iconic event; one of which will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
The World Angus Forum 2017 Youth Competition will encompass a 12-day-long series of exciting tasks and challenges, culminating in the prestigious final at Netherton/HW Angus on the final leg of the tour on Sunday 2nd July. More information on the Youth Competition can be found at: http://worldangusforum2017.com/youth-programme.
Image: Hannah showing Aberdeen-Angus for the second time in Cornwall for Irwin Rowe last year, where she got female champion and reserve breed champion with his yearling heifer from their home Busollow Herd.