Will has been looking after livestock for as long as he can remember so he has been a great asset to the Belmont team since he joined us last year. Here’s a little more about him.
What did you do before this job?
I joined the Belmont Estate team in July 2019, following a year working on a big beef farm in Queensland, Australia. Prior to that, I worked on my family farm in Cornwall, before and after university.
What do you enjoy about your job?
It sounds a cliché working on this Estate but I’m a huge fan of history and love learning about the rare breeds we keep here and the ones on my family farm – they’re a bit of a window into the past. I like the variety of tasks in my job and the great people I work with. My favourite thing about working at Belmont is rearing our rare breed livestock – I’m particularly fond of our Exmoor Horn flock because they’re very hardy, can find food just about anywhere and they’re also very tame as long as they’re treated patiently. And they’ve definitely come to recognise my face as someone who brings their food!
What do you spend most of your days doing?
No two days are alike but I spend a lot of my time caring for / tending to our livestock – recently, I’ve mainly been occupied with lambing and I’m now moving on to calving.
At the moment, a day starts with feeding our bottle-fed lambs. I then walk around the fields to count our ewes and lambs, to ensure they’re all accounted for, and then visit our cows to check for any calves or signs of calving. Generally, I’ll then feed a bale of haylage to our other cattle herd of mixed steers and heifers (older offspring of our cows). Then I’ll move on to other tasks such as thinning sycamore in the woods and general maintenance of our tracks, rides and fences. I’m treating our sheep against fly strike which came around early this year.
Do you have any hobbies?
In my spare time, I like shore fishing as it’s a bit of peace and quiet, especially on the untouched beaches hidden in the cliffs. I also enjoy fishing for bass along the Cornish coast near home, during the long summer evenings when there are fewer tourists around.
Where was your last holiday?
My last holiday was to New Zealand – it was fantastic and felt like a home away from home. I think it would be a stunning place to farm.
How has lockdown been for you?
I’ve been working on the Estate during the pandemic so lockdown has been ok. I’ve been very glad to be able to work as I can’t sit around not doing much. There’s a nice atmosphere at work which feels like the team has really pulled together and it’s nice to be able to come in and see your friends when so many people can’t under the current circumstances.
Tell us something we’d never guess about you
At 6 foot 2, I’m the smallest member of my family!