It is notoriously difficult for young people to enter the agricultural industry.
Most that do usually get a leg up from their own family.
In Harry Lombardi’s case, he was inspired as a young boy to keep a few sheep and, although he has tried his hand at other aspects of agriculture, he came back to livestock again. He says: “When I was young all I was interested in was driving tractors and big machinery, but I have done a lot of work on arable farms and big estates and it bored me to tears.
“Once I started shearing I decided I prefer stock because you are outside all the time.”
As well as his own sheep, Harry has his own pure bred Aberdeen Angus bull and cows that will calf this year in addition to youngsters from last year.
Once calving and lambing is finished,Harry then turns his attention to shearing, and that keeps him occupied from April onwards, in addition to his work as contract shepherd and herdsman.