Tanya Robbins - Innovative women in today’s Agriculture
I farm in partnership with husband Tom on a tennanted farm of 150 acres in Gloucestershire. We also rent 250 acres of seasonal grazing for our 500 Easycare/Lleyn ewes and grow stubble turnips & fodder beet for finishing the lambs. These crops are followed by spring barley. The farm is in Entry Level stewardship and we are currently talking to our landlord in the hope of taking the farm into Higher Level Stewardship. We have two daughters, Lucy & Hannah, who are a huge help on the farm, especially during lambing. They will soon be having two North Cotswold hound puppies for walking.
I assist my father on his farm two days a week and have been passing over my responsibilities there to my sisters in readiness for my travel. Locally I am vice chair of Gloucestershire NFU, on the South West NFU Livestock Board, a RABI Glos committee member, Foundation governor of Temple Guiting Primary school and help with our local agricultural show at Moreton-in-Marsh.
Gloucestershire Farmers Trust kindly gave me a grant to attend the 2012 Challenge of Rural Leadership course run by The Worshipful Company of Farmers and I am truly thankful to Central Region Farmers Trust for being my Nuffield sponsor.