Young Farmers profile: Tom Bart, 22, is taking the reins at his family's pig farm
PUBLISHED: 08:20 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 08:20 08 June 2018
Norfolk Young Farmers
I am from a farming family but when I left school I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.
I studied motorsport engineering at Banbury and Bicester College for two years with a view to getting into a Formula One team – but that plan folded, so I decided to go travelling.
I went to Australia and worked for four months on a big pig farm where there were 3,000 sows and I was part of farrowing team of seven. We had to wean 1,500 piglets every week. We have some family in Australia and so I worked on their sheep farm for a few weeks. I’ve not worked with sheep before so it was a very new but good experience. I then moved onto New Zealand where I travelled around for another month. I would love to go back there.
Since being back from travelling I have been working on the family farm.
We’re a small mixed farm with 150 sows. We do the whole process from the breeding to when they are sent away for slaughter. We also have 300 acres of farmland where we grow wheat, barley and sugar beet.
At the minute I am getting involved in the running of the business. This week the boss (dad) is away and so I am running everything – taking deliveries, making sure the animals are well looked after and everything is running smoothly. We have one other member of staff but I also do some ploughing, muck-carting, cultivating and corn-carting during harvest.
We bale all of our straw and it is used to litter the pigs. My work is 50/50 between the farm and the pigs which I help feed, muck out, litter, vaccinate and wean.
I really enjoy the variety my job gives me. One day I am focused on pigs and the next day on the land. It never gets boring. In about 10 years or so I would like to grow the farm further to generate a bigger income. I am happy where I am at the moment but I do think I may go travelling again at some point.
Young Farmers had helped me so much in such a short amount of time that I’ve been a member. I have gained new friends, I’m part of the Tug of War team, I played hockey during the winter months and I got involved in this year’s panto where I was the tallest dormouse ever.
I have taken on the role of club treasurer which I feel is giving something back to the club. I’d say the only regret I have is not joining sooner.
Name: Tom Bart
Occupation: Farm worker
YFC Club: Wymondham
How long have you been a YFC member: 1 year
• Wymondham YFC meets at Wymondham Rugby Club on Monday evenings. For more details about Norfolk Young Farmers contact the county office on 01603 731307.