Woman of the month No3

Countryfile Young Farmer of the Year


Vicky Furlong is an inspiring young woman from Northumberland, who at the age of 25, has just been crowned BBC’s Countryfile Young Farmer of the Year 2017.

Vicky, second born to an elder brother Edward who took over the family farm, had to look elsewhere to fulfill her dream of becoming a farm manager.

Mary Dickinson, owner of Crowhall Estate said she was immensely proud of her farm manager, who was the only female finalist in the running after beating off her two male rivals.

Vicky’s personality and dedication for farming will stand her in good stead as she carves out a career in a male dominated environment.

Her passion for shooting, farming and conservation all come together at Crowhall where she looks after 900 acres, 700 breeding sheep and 120 cows almost single handedly with the assistance of her 8 faithful dogs.

It seems there’s nothing she can’t do, from working 10/12 hour days, calving cows to shearing, dipping and clipping sheep – apart from maybe cooking as she confesses to going home to her mum’s every night for her tea!

Apart from nurture playing a big part in her passion for farming, it takes a certain kind of personality to take all this on. Someone with bags of energy, determination and spirit – which is why looking at personality and how it impacts on people’s choices in life is so fascinating!

We think farming is lucky to have her.


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