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Blink and you’ll miss it

There have been a number of occasions recently when the world has stopped me in my tracks and has made me realise the true fragility and vulnerability of life.

Tragically, a school friend of mine was killed in an accident involving a tractor last month. The incident wasn’t farming related, yet I still feel a deep sense of concern when I see friends post pictures of them out on their tractors. With harvest creeping ever closer, I just hope that everyone comes home safely.

The devastating attack in Manchester was too close to home. It was only three weeks earlier that I had taken a family friend to a concert at the same venue for her fifteenth birthday. There are really no words that can describe the loss that the country, and indeed the North West, are feeling at this time, but the resilience shown by the city is humbling.

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With so many reasons to cry, I’m glad to say that life is still giving me a thousand reasons to smile. Soon enough, I will have finished my twelve-month industry based placement, and I’ll be back home with my family enjoying the summer, before returning to Harper for my final year. I am surprised at how much I am still learning, even in my final weeks on broilers, and it is becoming increasingly evident to me that when it comes to chickens, nothing is ever as straightforward as it may initially seem!

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I started my placement with an incredibly limited knowledge of the poultry industry, as previously I had only worked with dairy cattle. The past year has been an absolute whirlwind of an experience, and it is only now that I am realising how quickly the year has passed. Its been a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ kind of year, and I think this is true of the broiler industry in general. It is an immensely fast paced industry, and with crops being turned around in six and a half weeks there is little room for error. I can confidently say that the poultry industry is the sector that I am aiming to pursue my career in.

The industry is as rewarding as is it is quick, and reflecting on events of late I’ve been encouraged, and would encourage you reading this, to truly take the time to realise what is precious to you. Life is precious, and is too often cut short. Blink and you’ll miss it, so take the opportunity to hold those you love close to your heart in any way that you can.

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Emily Hickman

Small town girl that loves all things country. Student at Harper Adams Uni, aspiring to a career in journalism and the poultry sector.

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