Women in food: the livestock farmer

It's an exciting time to be a woman working in food, but women still only make up 28% of the wider farming workforce.

In celebration of International Women's Day, we're shining a light on a series of women doing their thing in producing the food we eat and inspiring others to do the same.  

Meet Amy Jobe, a livestock farmer of Lincoln Red cattle in Lincolnshire. These are the traditional breed of Lincolnshire, deep ruby in colour and a producer of superb beef. You can spot them posing in the pic above!

How did you first become interested in farming?

I am a fourth generation farmer and so farming is in my blood.  Looking out the window and the cattle themselves were my inspiration. The Lincolnshire Wolds have an ability to capture you. It is a tremendous privilege to be able to walk out the door and be "at work". 

What's the most unexpected bit of joy you get from farming?
As an arable farmer you know if you have done a good joy if you don't hear anything negative.  With the cattle the unexpected joy has been people really appreciating the meat and re-ordering. The positivity around the product and having it voiced - it's not often you get a well done in farming!

What's your advice to other women interested in getting into farming?

If you really want to do it and your gut is telling you so, do it!  There will always be a way and you need the drive to succeed. The path will certainly not be smooth but the rewards at the end of the day far outstretch anything else I have achieved.

And finally, we couldn't do this without asking: What's your top food waste fighting tip?
Only buy what you need!

 

You can try Amy's amazing beef at the newly launched Temper restaurant in London.

Follow her successes on Twitter