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Become a farmer, just like me.

NEARLY half of Welsh millennials dream of working with animals - but just one in 25 would consider becoming a farmer, a survey has revealed.

Of these, some 54% believe farming is too expensive, while 39% thought they needed to inherit land.

Such misconceptions have seen the number of under-25s running farms falling by two thirds (63%) over the last decade. As a result, agriculture's age profile continues to get older.

To help young people overcome misunderstandings about the industry, former JLS boyband star JB Gill is backing a new campaign, #FarmtheFuture, to show farming could be their perfect career.

After the band split in 2013, he reinvented himself as a farmer, keeping chickens, turkeys and Tamworth pigs on a 10-acre holding in Kent.

He said: "There's a lot of misconceptions about what a career in agriculture really means.

"It's hard, physical work so it keeps you fit, you get to work with animals, you're your own boss and you can keep up with trends by posting everything on Instagram.

"The farming community is really welcoming, providing newcomers with knowledge on everything from tending to animals to financial advice."

Having presented a Channel 5 programme, Springtime on The Farm, JB is now writing a children's book teaching youngsters about life on the farm.

He said options such as share farming offer youngsters an inexpensive route into the industry. Farm management is another.

"You don't need to have your own land," he insisted.

"I would encourage anyone interested to give it some serious consideration - it's a life like no other!" The #FarmtheFuture campaign was launched by Barclays.

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Date:Nov 29, 2018
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