Home is South Lanarkshire, Scotland where my parents run a dairy farm. I am part of the Davidson and Robertson team and work full time as a Rural Graduate Surveyor, as well as studying for the RICS qualification at the Scottish Rural College in Edinburgh part-time. Being a farmer’s daughter, I have been active outdoors from a very young age but only recently have learnt how to reverse a quad bike and trailer all by myself (great achievement)!!
Young Farmers is a huge part of my life and I am a member of my local club, Avondale YFC. The association is really important to me, having travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to take part in various events and meeting lots of new faces. Most recently I took part in West Region Talent Spot at the SEC Armadillo (Glasgow).
I will also be getting involved in a new network called The Forth and Clyde Women’s Network which is being organised through NFU Scotland. This is a great opportunity for women in rural areas to meet and share their rural challenges and aspirations.
Each October I also do my bit to help out at Arnprior Pumpkin Farm, welcoming the public from Glasgow and the West of Scotland to pick their own pumpkins, turnips and tatties!
I had a very fun childhood– climbing bales, smelling fresh silage and of course market (livestock auction market) lunches with Dad! One of the biggest dislikes for me living rurally is the need for a car to nip to the shops and get amenities.
With the advances in technology – I would like to see more security being implemented into our rural roads, woodlands, public tracks and historic areas. More encouragement for the general public to report suspicious activity and trespassing would help rural communities minimise crime. We should be utilising the modern society we live in and campaign for the public who walk our land and use our tracks to bring out their smartphones more often and to be more aware of the criminal activity happening in rural areas.
A dairy farmer's daughter from South Lanarkshire, Jenny is an active member in the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC) and works full time as ...
Our second 'Covid-eo' is by Jenny Baillie from Lanarkshire who highlights the relationship between livestock markets and the agricultural community's mental health.
Jenny Baillie from Lanarkshire highlights the concerns of the farming community in her second Covid-eo.
Jenny Baillie from Lanarkshire comments on the positive reminders we need to give ourselves during the coronavirus pandemic.