Champion teen farmer encourages other youth into sector
Fifteen-year-old Noah Vaughan is imploring other youth to venture into agriculture. Vaughan of TrinJam Farms in Clarendon was crowned champion sheep farmer in 2019 at the Denbigh Agricultural Show in the parish. Vaughn also won the Supreme Champion ram title at the show's 2018 staging. He expressed confidence that he would have taken the title last year but the annual show was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We started off on 2018 with 50 ewes and 50 rams, and we've progressed over the years and, eventually, we got a substantial amount. We got a steady herd and that's why we won two years in a row before the pandemic, and I think last year we would have won it again because our herd is looking very strong," he said. The young farmer said he is using the time to better prepare his animals for the show's next staging.
Vaughan has been a farmer for five years. He told THE WEEKEND STAR that his love for animals comes from his mother who is a veterinarian.
"My mom started me off since I was 10, and now it's a way of life for me. I love animals ... just being able to interact with them, I enjoy doing that," he said. Vaughan said that in recent times, he noticed that more young people are tapping into farming.
"I'm a youth in agriculture trying to inspire young people to get into agriculture which is a very profitable business. It's always good to have younger people in the industry to help provide for the country more. I'm just encouraging more young people to go into agriculture because it's a very good business," he said.
Vaughn shared with THE WEEKEND STAR that his love for animals has led him to venture into goat rearing. He now produces goat milk and yogurt from Nubian goats.