A Career in Farming? A World of Suprises

If you’re new to agriculture, it would be easy to think that life begins and ends in the field.  One of the most exciting things about working with Farmcare though, is the often very surprising elements that make up life in one of the UK’s leading agricultural businesses.

Here are just a couple of things you might not have imagined would be a part of everyday business at Farmcare:

Innovation means thinking outside agriculture

 

Drawing on innovation and advances from outside of the agricultural sector is crucial to the future of farming.  True to its collaborative approach, Farmcare explores how companies in different industries with similar processes innovate and future-proof their businesses.

Talking about a recent innovation session in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Amie Harris, head of business change at Farmcare, said:  ‘’Taking the team out of its comfort zone and into a different environment really got the creative juices flowing, as like manufacturing, farming is process-led, so there’s plenty of synergy, but instinct plays an important part too.’’

IT takes centre stage

 

At Farmcare, heritage farming and innovative techniques work hand in hand.   From traditional farming methods at the Herefordshire Tillington Estate, which has been farming top fruit since 1913, to Highland Court’s innovative approach to apple growing, where machines are used for pruning and picking top fruit.

Life at Farmcare is a true mix of primary agriculture and corporate elements!

Could Farmcare be a good fit for you?

 

If you’re wondering what it’s like to work at Farmcare, we’ve interviewed a few of our colleagues to give you a better understanding of day to day life across the varied roles and departments at Farmcare.


 

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Ian Watson is a Farm Manager for Farmcare at the important Louth Estate farm in Lincolnshire, he shares his thoughts and his career history.

 

You’re really quite a Farmcare fixture!  Is it 22 years you’ve been at Louth?

 

Yes, I started farming 30 years ago now, straight out of school at 16.  I’ve been managing Louth since 2008, but have been on the farm for 22 years working my way up.  I still say that every day’s a school day though as you never stop learning!

To read Ian’s full interview, click here.


 

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Agi Szeplaki is a HR Assistant for Farmcare, here she shares her thoughts on working within an agricultural business.

 

As a fairly new member of the Farmcare team, what are your first impressions about the company and what they are like working for?  Have they changed over time?

 

The first impressions are very positive. I’ve only worked for large organisations in the past and I was pleasantly surprised by the family like cohesion at Farmcare, which I think gives a strong sense of belonging and commitment to everyone.

I’m also very impressed by how knowledgeable the farm managers are about their profession and how focused they are on efficiency and innovation and environmental sustainability. Farmcare has been going through a lot of exciting changes recently and I look forward to contributing to these changes.

To read Agi’s full interview, click here.


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Jim Burston is Assistant Farm Manager at the Tillington estate. Here he tells us why no two days are ever the same and how he got into farming.

 

What’s your favourite part of your job?

 

The variety of the job. No two days are ever the same, thanks to the weather, the crop and the people.

I also like knowing that what we grow is going to be eaten by the customer and the fact that our crop can be on the supermarket shelves within a couple of days.

I also like knowing that what we grow is going to be eaten by the customer and the fact that our crop can be on the supermarket shelves within a couple of days.

The other plus point is working with many different people from all over the world. It certainly keeps me on my toes!

To read Jim’s full interview, click here.


 

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In his role of environmental manager, David Edwards has been carrying out environmental auditing of farms since 2004. Here, he talks about the insights he gains from travelling across Farmcare’s nationwide estates and his biggest achievement over the last 18 months.

 

How do you split your time between office work and the great outdoors?

 

As well as being Farmcare’s environmental manager, I’m also farm manager at Wykeham.  I tend to split my time equally between the office and getting outside – not only at Wykeham, but on Farmcare’s estates across the country.  I really enjoy the fact that my job exposes me to ideas and good practice across all of our farms, so I can help share forward-thinking across the business.

There’s a real sense of the seasons in my job and during harvest time my focus is firmly on farming Wykeham and contract farming.  My role at Wykeham is unique – I’m the only Farmcare employee and I manage self-employed workers to carry out the farming work.  This is an interesting model as it means that we can keep costs down for clients and be really agile in reacting to changes in the economic climate as there’s no money tied up in machinery.

To read David’s full interview, click here.