Young Farmers profile: 23-year-old William Playford says he’s always learning new things about agriculture

William Playford of Acle Young Farmers. Picture: Norfolk Young Farmers

William Playford of Acle Young Farmers. Picture: Norfolk Young Farmers

Norfolk Young Farmers

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club members, WILLIAM PLAYFORD says it is important to keep learning – whether it is from peers, employers or training courses.

I have always known I wanted to work in agriculture, having worked with my father and mother growing up on the family farm.

As soon as I left high school I began working at A J Key and Son at Ormesby. I learned so much whilst with Phillip and John and, alongside working for them, I completed a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in agriculture at Easton and Otley College as well as completing an apprenticeship with the farm.

I worked there until September 2017 when I began working for Beevor Farms.

At present my days are filled with carting sugar beet and doing some hedge trimming, however I do get involved in as much as I can. I like the variety that working on the farm brings and I really like the fact that I’m never entirely sure what I will get up to on a daily basis.

Agriculture is such a good industry to work in due to continual developments, whether it’s with machinery or technology. There is so much to be learning – some of which you get from your peers and the rest from signing up for courses and training.

I enjoy the summer time despite working really long hours. I thoroughly enjoy corn carting and then the cultivation of the land for the next crop, which is the main part of my role. I’m not afraid to have a go at anything and this has helped me to pursue new things whilst working on the family farm in my spare time as well as at my new job.

I have been an Acle member since I was 14, having gone along to Countrysiders with some friends from school. I have been at Acle Young Farmers since the age of 16 and I was chairman of the club for two years. Young Farmers has helped me to make connections within the agricultural industry and I have done so many things I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do before. A highlight for me was completing the Three Peaks Challenge with North Walsham and Acle YFC in 2011.


Name: William Playford

Age: 23

Occupation: Farm worker

YFC Club: Acle Young Farmers

How long have you been a YFC member: Nine years (including two as a Countrysider)

Acle YFC meets at Stokesby Village Hall on Tuesday evenings. For more details about Norfolk Young Farmers contact the county office on 01603 731307.

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