Meet our 2024 Goodall Agri-Development Pathfinders

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s first Pathfinders have begun their journey on our new Goodall Agri-Development Pathway.

This fully-funded training programme supports the development of farming’s next generation.

It helps young people to develop their skills and experience, improve their performance and prepare for enhanced responsibilities as their career in agriculture evolves.

Scroll down this page to read introductions to our 2024 Pathfinders.

For more details about the Pathway, click on the button below.

Applications for the next round of the Pathway will open in Autumn 2024.

Introducing our 2024 Pathfinders

Antonia Ramsden recently returned to the family farming business in Myton-on-Swale near Boroughbridge having previously worked as a Rural Surveyor.

Antonia works alongside her father and uncle on a 1,000 acre arable farm, where they also run a 270 flock of breeding ewes and keep bed and breakfast cattle over winter.

She hopes that being a Pathfinder will help her to fully understand her family’s farming business as she works towards eventually taking on the running of the enterprise.

Chris Gill is returning to his family farm in North Yorkshire which runs breeding ewes and arable enterprises.

This return to his roots follows a career as a Farm Business Consultant with H&H Land and Estates.

In the future, Chris hopes to take on the running of the family farm and he is taking part in the Pathway to develop his skills as he prepares himself for taking on more responsibilities.

Katy Brown runs a flock of ewes and herd of suckler cows on rented farmland with her husband.

Having initially balanced this with separate careers, the couple have now secured a farm tenancy near Malton and are farming full-time.

Katy’s ambitions are to grow the farm business year by year and prove the profitability of the enterprise, and hopes to grow her confidence to embrace the challenges that lie ahead by taking part in the Pathway.

Jack Walker is farm manager at Farmer Copleys farm shop and PYO in Pontefract, having previously worked as a self-employed tractor driver.

Jack, whose grandfather was a farm manager despite not coming from an agricultural background, has set his immediate goal as being successful in his farm manager role.

Jack has become a Pathfinder to develop his skills, refresh his knowledge on agricultural practices and embrace new ideas.

Jodi Shadforth keeps her own flock of pedigree rare and native breeds of sheep on her parents’ mixed arable and livestock farm near Hartlepool.

Jodi would love to contribute more to the running of the farm and is keen to help it become more sustainable and self-sufficient.

Jodi is largely self-taught and is grateful to several breed societies and sheep breeders who have invested in her development to date, and she is looking to build on her passion for farming by completing the Pathway.

Olly McCormick from Leeds is a student at Askham Bryan College and is involved with arable farms in his local area.

After his studies, Olly’s sights are on becoming a successful agronomist or agricultural consultant.

Olly is taking part in the Pathway to develop his knowledge in communication, networking relationships, farm administration and diversification to further his career goals.

Katie Gowthorpe from Brough, East Yorkshire works as a ruminant sales specialist for Thompsons of York.

In her spare time, she helps out on local farms as a relief milk worker and feeding calves.

Katie, who attended RABDF’s Entrepreneurs in Dairying course on a Future Farmers of Yorkshire bursary last year, aims to run her own dairy operation in the future.

Steve Frankland from Ingleton runs his own farm comprising of breeding sheep, gimmer lambs and a small herd of cows.

He also works on a dairy farm one day a week and at other times as a self-employed joiner.

Steve is a Pathfinder to help him accumulate the confidence and knowledge to manage a larger farm, profitably and productively.

Lizzie Strutt from Normanton works part-time at Swillington Organic Farm where she helps with general farm duties and hosting school visits.

Lizzie also runs a smallholding on rented land and produces goat milk soap.

By completing the Pathway, Lizzie aims to grow confidence in her agricultural knowledge and understand what her starting points are for her many diversification ideas.

Tom Willis is a partner in his family’s farming business near Northallerton which produces potatoes and runs sheep.

Tom works on the farm full-time following a career as a chartered surveyor and land agent.

He has joined the Pathway to develop his skills and prepare for future succession on the farm which he hopes he can grow and implement new opportunities.

Megan Hall works on a farm with a large herd of dairy goats and beef cattle.

Megan, who is based near Keighley, aspires to be a herd manager or own her own dairy cow herd.

By taking part in the Pathway, she seeks to bolster her confidence and take encouragement for the next step in her farming career.

Millie Witty is newly pursuing a career in agriculture, having previously taught Spanish as a secondary school teacher.

Millie now works full-time alongside her uncle on his organic beef and sheep farms in North Yorkshire and is based near Ripon.

Her career goals include hosting educational farm visits,  exploring regenerative farming and agroforestry and increasing cattle numbers on the farms whilst developing her knowledge of animal nutrition.

Why is it called the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway?

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is grateful to the late-Mary Goodall, who kindly bequeathed a legacy to the Society to further its charitable aims to support young people in the agricultural industry.

The result of this kind gift is the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway: Her Legacy, Your Future.

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