Wednesday July 4th 2018 – Summer Lunch
Ambitious females will receive plenty of encouragement to follow their dream career path – however unusual – at this year’s Business Women’s Link Summer Lunch.
Guest speaker and farmer Amy Jobe will be sharing her story with diners at The Petwood Hotel in Woodhall Spa on July 4 and telling how she is enjoying success in what is still seen by many as a male-dominated industry.
A fourth-generation farmer, the busy mum-of-two works alongside her father Charles Dobson. As a qualified agronomist, Amy is involved in all aspects of their mixed arable and livestock farm – but when it comes to the cattle, her father looks after a large continental herd while Amy is the proud owner of Lincoln Reds.
In addition to being responsible for all the farm’s agronomy, Amy tends a 60-strong herd of breeding heifers and bought-in steers and she is passionate about the careful rearing of her cattle to produce top-quality beef. This is sold under the Lincoln Russet brand to selected London butchers and restaurants outlets, as well as in individually “made-to-order” meat boxes straight from the farm. Potential local suppliers are welcomed to get in touch.
Amy had picked-up a wealth of farming know-how before starting to work with her own herd fifteen years ago. After school she spent a year on the farm, then went on to do an agricultural degree at Reading University. Then she went travelling for a year, returned to work as a trained agronomist, and finally started Lincoln Russet. “It has always been in my interests to ensure I produce the best animals. I cherry pick my best cattle, not only for their breeding quality, but also for the best confirmation and optimum fat content,” said Amy.
Her knowledge of agronomy is particularly useful, allowing Amy to oversee the production of all forage for feeding on the farm. This is another aspect of cattle rearing and the overall farming cycle, which gives her great satisfaction. “I am proud of the way in which I produce my beef. Having control over the entire process is important to me. The last thing I subscribe to is the often-bland, mass produced meat market,” she said.
Amy loves working within the field of agriculture, but living in a beautiful part of rural Lincolnshire can have its downsides. The lack of a strong telephone signal and internet connection means it can take longer to get the office work done and there is also the problem of isolation. “People assume that my husband Daniel is the farmer, whilst it is me juggling the roles of farmer, wife and mother. He actually works as a chartered surveyor.”
BWL’s Summer Lunch includes a three-course meal, a bumper raffle and time to network and tickets tend to get snapped-up quite quickly.
Places cost £45 for guests and £42.50 for members and can be booked by calling Jessica Eyley on (01522) 508858 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates for your diary:
Thursday 6 December 2018 – Our Christmas lunch will take place at Branston Hall. Our speaker this year is Hannah Wren from Wrendale Designs (Multi award winning publisher of cards stationery and gifts featuring beautiful water colour illustrations by Hannah herself)
More details and booking to follow…