Welcome to “5 minutes with” where we get to know one of Britain’s brightest and best young farmers.
These brilliant young people are the future of the agriculture industry and we want to bring their lives, businesses, ideas and achievements to the fore.
By celebrating our young farmers and promoting what they do, we hope to generate even more interest in farming from younger generations and help make sure they get all the support they need to thrive in the future.
This time we’re getting to know Gloucestershire young farmer Hannah Falcon.
What’s your name and how old are you?
My name is Hannah Falcon, and I’m 22 years old.
Where do you come from?
Are you on Twitter and Instagram? Do you have a business page on Facebook?
I’m on Instagram (@hannahmoofalcon) where I upload a picture or two nearly every day showing what I get up to on the farm.
Are you a member of a Young Farmers Club?
No, until very recently I used to do a lot of night milking so I didn’t have time.
What sort of farm do you live/work on?
I work on a dairy farm with 230 pedigree holstein cows.
What do you get up to on the farm?
I rear calves until they are weaned and moved off farm and I do yard work too. I also feed the cows every other weekend and help with milking. Occasionally I’m let loose on the big tractor for a bit of field work.
What do you get up to when you’re not farming?
When I’m not farming I like to spend time with my friends and play video games such as Farming Simulator.
What’s in your lunchbox?
Chocolate, crisps and coke – very healthy.
What’s the best bit about farming?
Seeing calves being born. It’s a special moment, and I’ll never get tired of seeing new life entering the world. It makes it extra special when it’s a heifer I’ve reared having her first calf.
What’s the most frustrating bit about farming?
TB – it’s frustrating being shut down and not being able to sell calves and bring the in calf heifers back to the farm because of it.
It’s also heartbreaking seeing cows which appear to be healthy being sent to slaughter, especially when they are young or heavily in-calf.
Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
Still happy and doing a job I love – like I am now.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Gillian McKeith, although she would probably faint.
What makes you laugh?
Funny animal videos on YouTube always bring a smile to my face.
What makes you angry?
People on social media who have no clue about farming but continue to spread lies and refuse to listen when you try to correct them on some of their so-called “facts”.
What’s your proudest achievement to date?
Being able to afford my dream car by the time I was 20. It’s a Land Rover Defender 90, and I love it.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I was told when I got my first job to treat the animals how you would like to be treated if you were one.
If I wasn’t scared, I would…
Fly in a hot air balloon. It would give me a good chance of getting some amazing pictures of the British countryside, but I don’t do heights.
When you’re in the tractor cab, what’s your top tune, podcast or audiobook?
I mainly listen to Radio 1, but you can’t go wrong with a bit of Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Pink or Fall Out Boy.
If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would spend the money on?
A farm of my own and lots of socks. I would wear a new pair every day – can’t beat that new-sock feeling.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing UK farming today?
Persuading the UK population to support their local famers. Buy British – cheaper is not always better.
Tell us something about you that not many people know.
I put cheese on nearly everything I eat, including breakfast. A meal is not a meal without cheese.
If you are a young farmer or would like to nominate somebody for this feature, please email community editor Oli Hill with your name, age and a brief explanation what you do.