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.
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This time we’re getting to know 26-year-old Nick Tarry from Pytchley in Northamptonshire.
What sort of farm do you live/work on?
We’re an arable farm growing cereals, but I have also recently brought sheep back into the mix, which is a first for me, as we haven’t had sheep here since I was a child.
What do you get up to on the farm?
Everything from tractor work, such as spraying and drilling, to looking after all of the kit, looking after the animals and making sure everything is running smoothly. There’s always something to do.
What do you get up to when you’re not farming?
I have a young family, so most of my spare time is spent with them. I also have a passion for music. I built a recording studio on the farm that I use whenever I get the chance.
What’s in your lunchbox?
Working and living in the same place means I can go home for my lunch.
What’s the best bit about farming?
Always being out in the fresh air. I feel very fortunate to do what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
What’s the most frustrating bit about farming?
Keeping on top of the ever-changing weather.
Where would you like to be in five years’ time?
I hope to have built up our sheep flock to a decent size, and I hope to be running the farm in the best and most efficient way I can.
After a few years with blackgrass issues on the arable land, we have had good control this year – so fingers crossed we will continue in the same way.
I’d like to think that in five years we won’t have to worry about it, or at least have easy control of the problem.
What makes you laugh?
Rude jokes, my girlfriend and comedian Micky Flanagan.
What makes you angry?
People who drive too fast.
What’s your proudest achievement to date?
It’s hard to think of anything in particular, but the feeling of lambing my first ewe is pretty hard to beat.
Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
The actor and TV presenter Noel Fielding.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A saying my dad told me: “More haste, less speed”. If you try to rush a job it will probably take you even longer, as you are more likely to make mistakes.
If I wasn’t scared, I would…
When you’re in the tractor cab, what’s your top tune, podcast or audiobook?
Anything by Biffy Clyro.
If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would spend the money on?
I would buy a holiday cottage somewhere in Scotland.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing UK farming today?
I think the biggest challenge right now would be the uncertainty of where we will be after Brexit. Also, knowing that we will soon be losing our support payments.
I think farmers need to prepare for making sure we can be self-sufficient and move forward on our own.
Tell us something about you that not many people know.
I can walk on my hands.
Are you on Twitter and Instagram? Do you have a business page on Facebook?
Yes, I am on Instagram – @pytchley_farms.