Catherina meets Rare Breed’s farming star Robbie Wilson, a 15-year-old Suffolk and Hereford breeder, who is making big waves in the world of Agriculture.
- Name: Robbie Wilson of Lisrace Herefords and Suffolks.
- Location: Magheraveely, just on the Northern side of the border.
- Age: 15-years-old
- When did you start farming? I have been farming for as long as I can remember, ever since I was old enough really.
- Information about the farm: We have a beef and sheep farm. My Dad started off the farm, but now my mother, older brother and I all help out. We have in the region of 200 breeding ewes and I have a number of pedigree Suffolk sheep of my own. I like Suffolks because they have nice colouration and are very docile. In addition, we also have pedigree Hereford cattle along with approximately 60 commercial suckler cows. We like the Hereford because of the good quality beef, with good marbling and easy-fleshing abilities. They are also easy calving and have a good temperament.
- What are some of your jobs on the farm? I help my dad out on the farm every even and weekends particularly with lambing, feeding the pens, feeding lambs and feeding silage. I am currently doing my GCSEs, but I still do what I can on the farm. I like the lambing and calving seasons; it is great to see the new-borns stumbling to their feet. Let’s just says it’s all hands on deck and I’m not very good at keeping the sofa warm!
- What are some of your highlights to date? We are currently recording for the third year for the televised hit production ‘Rare Breed- A Farming Year’. We also show Hereford cattle throughout the country. I show my sheep at some local shows including Balmoral, Enniskillen and Clogher shows. Showing is immensely enjoyable and while you can’t beat rising to the top and taking home the top cup, it is also a brilliant way to meet new people and life-long friends too. I was placed third in the overall Aberdeen- Angus YDP competition in my age bracket all over the UK.
- Do you want to continue to far as you grow older? I have always had a desire to be a farmer from the get-go and that hasn’t changed. I hope to always be a farmer and I would love to keep the farming going for another generation. I have applied for a level-3 Diploma in Agriculture at Greenmount College.
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