Faye’s interest in agriculture began during childhood as her family lived next to a dairy, beef and sheep farm where she spent most of her free time.
After completing A Levels, Faye wanted to follow a career in agriculture but she needed to find a degree course with a hands-on focus that would allow her to continue working on the farm. The Foundation Degree in Agriculture at University Centre Reaseheath ticked all the boxes. It allowed Faye to continue to play a vital role in the day-to-day running of the farm while she studied with like-minded people who shared her passion for agriculture.
Faye found the learning environment and course content perfectly suited to undergraduates working in the industry. The course was expertly managed by lecturers with current industry experience who made her studies relevant.
Since graduating Faye has taken a managerial role at the farm and oversees 135 dairy cows, 300 homebred beef cattle which are supplied to a high-end supermarket chain, and 350 sheep.
In addition, Faye has established her own business breeding British Lop cross bred pigs which she supplies to an award winning local butcher, and poultry which she sells to local clients.
Faye has expanded her business by purchasing land to increase the number of commercial suckler cows she produces. Bred from the farm’s dairy herd and beef sires, the calves are reared to finishing.
Faye plays an active part in her community and is well respected as a parish councillor and a local authority school governor. She believes her position in local government is a testament to the academic skills and business acumen developed at Reaseheath.
My foundation degree helped me to develop a strong work ethic, a desire to achieve, and gave me the knowledge to pursue my own business interests.
The mixture of practical and academic study equipped me with the skills to complete the paperwork side of my business as well as developing my passion for agriculture and giving me the tools I needed to succeed.