Young Farmers profiles: Claire Riseborough

Young Farmer Claire Riseborough. Picture: YOUNG FARMERS

Young Farmer Claire Riseborough. Picture: YOUNG FARMERS - Credit: SUPPLIED

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region's Young Farmers' Club (YFC) members, farm worker CLAIRE RISEBOROUGH talks about her varied role within her family business.

I have worked on our family farm since July 2011, so I have just completed my sixth harvest.

Our farms are situated just south of Bungay. All together we have 1,500 acres including our original dairy farm at Gapton and Bradwell Hall. We are an all-arable farm now, growing wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape and permanent grass.

My day starts at 7.30am when I meet my father and uncle at our main farm to discuss the day and outline plans. At this time of year we are winding down from a busy time, cleaning, maintaining, servicing machinery and changing worn-up metal on the kit.

I love working on the farm and in the agricultural business because there's always such a mix of things to be done throughout the year. I help with the fertilising, with preparing the land in the spring and autumn and I enjoy corn-carting throughout harvest. When we are not busy on the fields I help with the chain-sawing that has to be done to keep the hedgerows and woodland maintained.


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It is also part of my job to help throughout the year in the farm office, including general farm admin and the marketing of the farm holiday cottage.

I have been with the Harleston Young Farmers Club for five years. It has been great for me over the years, meeting lots of other like-minded people.

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I am in my third year of being treasurer of the club. Harleston is a great fun club and we even have our own clubhouse to meet in. We host a large social each year called 'Nite of Lite' which involves great fun with psychedelic paint. We also run a clay shoot to raise funds for our nominated charity. Agriculture is such a large and diverse industry and I am so pleased and proud to be part of it.

PROFILE:

Name: Claire Riseborough

Age: 26

Occupation: Farm worker

Location: Bungay

YFC Club: Harleston

How long have you been a YFC member?: 5 years

Harleston YFC meets on Wednesday evenings at the clubhouse on Spirketts Lane in Harleston. For more details contact 01603 731307.

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