Young farmer from Stainland is in the running in national compeition

Joshua Metcalfe. Photo by Sioned Anne Hill
Joshua Metcalfe. Photo by Sioned Anne Hill

A keen young farmer from Stainland has been putting his skills to the test in a national competition.

Joshua Metcalfe is competing against nine other hopefuls in a Farmers Weekly contest to win £10,000.

The 21-year-old has had to take part in a five-day farming bootcamp being put through his paces with 21st Century farming challenges.

He and the other hopefuls had to put together a business plan, use cutting-edge technology and take part in practical farm tasks.

Footage of the apprentices will be screened online before the winner is announced on December 18.

Joshua said he enjoyed meeting the farming experts helping with the contest and sharing ideas with the other contestants.

He would use the prize money to fund an agricultural course and run a small sheep flock.

He is currently in his final year of an english literature degree but says he has always been interested in a career in farming.

“None of my immediate family have a farming background but my girlfriend’s parents have a small farm,” he said.

“The lifestyle really appeals to me. Farming is not so much of a career as a lifestyle. If you do it right, there is money to be made but you have to know what you’re doing.

“I’d really like to finish my degree and then set up a small, self-sufficient sheep farm or continue studying on a farming course.”