School holidays in my family used to revolve around visits to farms (as well as wildlife parks and nature reserves). We were a very animal-centric household and my parents had their own smallholding where they kept chickens, ducks and geese.
As an adult, I went on to study marketing food and drink at university, so when I started at RSPCA Assured as marketing manager this April, I thought I already knew loads about farming and food production.
But as it turns out, petting-farms, a couple of hundred chickens and text books can only go so far in preparing you for the world of commercial farming! So, when the opportunity arose to accompany one of the RSPCA Assured senior assessors, Sue McCabe, to an outdoor pig breeding unit on the Suffolk