Young Farmers profile: 23-year-old William Playford says he’s always learning new things about agriculture
Norfolk Young Farmers
As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, WILLIAM PLAYFORD says it is important to keep learning – whether it is from peers, employers or training courses.
I have always known I wanted to work in agriculture, having worked with my father and mother growing up on the family farm.
As soon as I left high school I began working at A J Key and Son at Ormesby. I learned so much whilst with Phillip and John and, alongside working for them, I completed a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in agriculture at Easton and Otley College as well as completing an apprenticeship with the farm.
I worked there until September 2017 when I began working for Beevor Farms.
At present my days are filled with carting sugar beet and doing some hedge trimming, however I do get involved in as much as I can. I like the variety that working on the farm brings and I really like the fact that I’m never entirely sure what I will get up to on a daily basis.
Agriculture is such a good industry to work in due to continual developments, whether it’s with machinery or technology. There is so much to be learning – some of which you get from your peers and the rest from signing up for courses and training.
I enjoy the summer time despite working really long hours. I thoroughly enjoy corn carting and then the cultivation of the land for the next crop, which is the main part of my role. I’m not afraid to have a go at anything and this has helped me to pursue new things whilst working on the family farm in my spare time as well as at my new job.
I have been an Acle member since I was 14, having gone along to Countrysiders with some friends from school. I have been at Acle Young Farmers since the age of 16 and I was chairman of the club for two years. Young Farmers has helped me to make connections within the agricultural industry and I have done so many things I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do before. A highlight for me was completing the Three Peaks Challenge with North Walsham and Acle YFC in 2011.
Name: William Playford
Occupation: Farm worker
YFC Club: Acle Young Farmers
How long have you been a YFC member: Nine years (including two as a Countrysider)
Acle YFC meets at Stokesby Village Hall on Tuesday evenings. For more details about Norfolk Young Farmers contact the county office on 01603 731307.