Sarah Pick - Replacement heifer strategies for a productive and profitable suckler herd
I grew up on a beef farm in North Yorkshire and from a young age I developed a strong interest in the agricultural industry. After graduating with a BSc in Animal Science I joined a retail graduate scheme which gave me a great insight into the sector and the importance of farmers producing a consistent product. I worked within retail for two years before my farming routes called me back. I then went to study for an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture at Harper Adams University whilst working for Rural Business Research, carrying out the Farm Business Survey.
In 2015 I joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), working as a beef scientist. This role involved managing a number of research projects as well as disseminating findings and answering technical queries. AHDB is a statutory levy board and is funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. It equips the industry with easy to use, practical know-how, which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance.
One year ago, I moved into the knowledge exchange team, being responsible for a number of key campaigns as well as delivering on farm events and writing articles for local and national farming press. I felt this was where I could make the most difference, and I thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with a range of different beef and sheep producers on a day to day basis. `
In my spare time I enjoy running, particularly in the Yorkshire countryside and in 2018 I completed my first marathon. I am also strongly involved in the family’s herd of pedigree Simmentals.
I am extremely grateful to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and Worshipful Company of Butchers whilst whom my scholarship would not be possible. I would also like to thank my colleagues at AHDB for their support and encouragement to complete my project.