Growing Together: Partnering for Success in Student Agriculture
Anna Bowen is a dairy farmer, farm business consultant, and freelance writer living in West Wales (UK). She and her partner are in a contract farming agreement milking 300 spring-calving dairy cows managed on a grass-based system. Anna’s off-farm work focuses on low-input dairy farms but also covers other dairy systems, beef, sheep, and soil science. She writes for the farming and rural press and on her own website.
In 2020 Anna was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to research how the dairy industry can rear calves in a more ethical way- looking at the best ways to use sexed semen and breed dairy beef and the feasibility of keeping cows and calves together. Her scholarship also looked at lessons the dairy industry can learn from horseracing about social licence.
Between 2021 and 2023, Nuffield took Anna to eleven different countries on four continents, meeting farmers and animals across the world. Outside of work, she owns a thoroughbred ex-racehorse named Woody, who she competes in dressage. She is lucky to live a stone’s throw from the Welsh coast and enjoys spending time on the beach with Snipe the Patterjack terrier.
Anna is passionate about helping farmers achieve the highest standards of animal welfare, encouraging new entrants into agriculture, and helping women and girls overcome farming barriers.
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