National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

21 October 2014

The first episode of the 2014 Farmers Weekly Farmers Apprentice competition – a web TV series, which aims to find the UK’s brightest farming talent, hits the screens of viewers today.

It follows the journey of the 10 finalists, who embarked on a week-long bootcamp earlier this summer, in a bid to win £10,000. The six-part series will air every Tuesday for the next six weeks, with the winner announced on 25th November.

This year’s crop of finalists were put through their paces in a series of five-day farm challenges at Easton and Otley College in July. All the tasks they faced reflected real life aspects of running a modern farming business, from setting up a sub-soiler and getting cows ready for showing, to negotiating wheat prices and putting together a business plan.

And while some of the contestants have farming running through their blood, not all have been born and reared on a farm. There’s no doubt however, all 10 finalists have got a thirst to work and succeed in this diverse industry and who knows, we may have even discovered the next NFU president or future Farmers Weekly award winner in our line-up.

The apprentices' every move will be under the watchful eye of the judging panel, but at the end it all boils down to the judges picking one winner who will walk away with a whopping £10,000. This year the judging panel consists of Farmers Weekly’s editorial director Jane King; Lowther Estates director of farming, Richard Price and Will Gemmill, head of farming at Strutt and Parker.

Commenting on this year’s finalists, Ms King said: “We are very excited about this year’s series, as the 10 finalists really showcase just how dynamic and innovative people in this industry are and we need more people like this.

“When we launched the Farmers Apprentice two years ago, the aim was to showcase the range of skills and careers that exist in agriculture and what it takes to be a modern day farmer. We hope that this series will continue to build on that and open the public’s eyes to the dynamism of this fabulous industry,” she said.

Farmers Apprentice 2014 promises a unique examination of what it takes to succeed in farming- heads, hands and heart in equal measure. So be sure not to miss the laughter, tears, tension, and relationships unfold as the girls and boys go head to head in the first episode of the series. Watch the first episode now at www.farmersapprentice.co.uk.


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