Cowbit farmer’s daughter talks about females in farming

Christina Tyrrell.
Christina Tyrrell.

I’m a farmer’s daughter from Cowbit, currently studying a BSc (Hons) degree in Agriculture and Environmental Management at the University of Lincoln.

Agriculture and farming have been in my blood all my life and I feel very passionate about joining the industry when I have graduated.

I am currently in my third, placement year of university, working for the Processors and Growers Research Organisation near Peterborough. This has enlightened me to the work that happens behind the scenes breeding new crop varieties as well as yield and chemical trials.

This area is constantly looking for employees with fresh ideas to develop crop genetics and productivity. However, new entrants are finding it difficult to find a job in a specialised part of the sector.

Being a female in the agricultural industry is not easy with having to prove that we can do the work to the same standards and beyond as our male colleagues. My own experience of working on the farm is that members of the public seem shocked to see females driving tractors and machinery because traditionally most of the work was completed by men. However, this is not the case now in the 21st century. Agriculture needs 60,000 new entrants in the next ten years and females, including myself, will fill a percentage of these jobs. Agriculture is not a job to me; it is a livelihood and a way of life that will always be in my blood.