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About Nicola Hooper

Hi I'm Nic a townie turned farmer at the start of my farming journey. I gave up my career in London to farm full time with my husband on our beef farm in Cornwall at the end of 2018 and have been blogging about my experiences ever since. I share the highs and lows of farming on a daily basis on my social media feeds under the handle 'mylifewithcows' and look to provide a 'keeping it real' perspective on what it's like to be a farmer and new business owner @trefrawlfarm through which I sell out farm products here in the UK.

Farm Diaries

6 frequently asked questions about showing cattle

The best thing about showing cattle is the interaction and conversations you have with the ‘general public’… People are genuinely…

The Big Issues

My access-all-areas trip to the abattoir

I believe that if you farm animals, and eat meat, you can’t shy away from the fact that  ultimately, the…

Food Files

What I’ve learnt from our direct beef sales

For the last two weeks, my life has been filled with beef – literally. After deciding that we were dissatisfied with…

Practical Farming

10 things I learnt in my first 6 months farming

I quit my job last year and post-honeymoon, started my new career alongside my husband and his parents – in…

Farm Diaries

The highs and lows of calving

I’ll never forget my first experience of calving. It involved me standing in the shadows of the barn, mouth wide…

Farm Diaries

How to tell if a cow is close to calving

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve regularly been getting up with the sun to check on our cows and…