Posted 2 April 2013
I hope my story might inspire more people to explore our world.
A monthly special featuring a current student from Harper Adams.
Second year Harper Adams student, Georgie Radmore, has seen agriculture on a global scale, thanks to her love of travelling.
The 21-year-old caught the travel bug when she decided to work in Australia for a year following her A Levels. She worked on 15 different sheep stations as a ‘rousy’ and was also given the opportunity to shear, becoming the only girl shearer on the team.
Georgie, from Dartmoor, Devon, said: “I have always felt that there was more out there and plenty of new things to see and experience.
“I had sheared before and was interested in the industry, so decided to travel to Australia working across four different states, as well as a brief trip to New Zealand.
“I spent most of my time sorting wool as a rousy. It was hard work and living conditions were difficult but it was very character building.”
Following her trip to Australia, Georgie returned home and enrolled on BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Animal Science at Harper Adams, but this was only the start of her travels.
During the Easter break she worked on a sheep farm in Wales, lambing 4500 breeding ewes. This is where she returned to work for part of the summer and also for this lambing season.
Then, during the summer, she flew to America to work on a cattle ranch in Montana where she spent a month preparing the stock for sale and mustering cattle by horseback.
Georgie, whose parents run a beef and sheep hill farm, said: “The travelling I have done has been great for networking, I now have so many contacts all over the world.
“I think if you are considering travelling, just take a leap of faith and you’ll learn quickly, because you have to. I flew to Australia alone with no contacts or place to stay and soon found my feet.
“I hope my story might inspire more people to explore our world.”
Georgie is now making plans for the future – in terms of both her career and further travels.
She added: “I definitely want to continue travelling but feel open-minded as to where I want to go. I just want to broaden my horizons.
“I love the course at Harper Adams, I was awarded a letter of commendation in for my results in first year and it’s great being able to study something that I’m so passionate about.
“The placement year really appealed to me as I believe work experience is what puts you ahead from the competition.
“So I’m keeping my options open, I’m ready for whatever life throws at me, but I’m keen to continue pursuing a career in agriculture.”