RACHEL BRIGHT

FREE RANGE AREA MANAGER FOR CARGILL

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NAME Rachel Bright JOB Free Range Area Manager COMPANY Cargill AGE 25 SALARY* *industry average

At Cargill I am an Area manager for free range and conventional chicken growing farms. The role of the area manager is to be the link between Cargill and the farm manager and to offer help and support when needed. I keep my farms up to date with all the latest information about our company and I also report back to the processing plant about any information they need to be aware of relating to the chickens.  I offer farm managers advice on the best practices for growing chickens so that the birds are always grown to the highest welfare standards. This ensures that the farmer gets excellent results and we get the best quality chicken coming into our plant.  

What qualifications do you have?

Agriculture with business studies degree, BSc honours (Aberystwyth University)


Are you from a farming background?

No

Do predominantly you work with People, Animals, Plants, Numbers, Machinery, Food?

  • People (give advice to farm managers)
  • Animals (check poultry welfare on farm)
  • Numbers (databases and spreadsheets to enable us to access information and to find trends)

What was your favourite subject at school?  

Geology and environmental science 

What is your most important skill that effects your job?

Willingness to learn as the industry is always changing

Can you progress in your current job?  

Yes there are many jobs within Cargill

What’s the one thing you dislike about your job?  

My job involves a lot of long distance driving

One piece of advice on entering the agri food industry?

Get some work experience of any kind- preferably on a working farm. Even if it’s just for a short while you will learn so much about farming and the day to day running of a farm which will be invaluable to you for the rest of your career. You will never be expected to have the answer to everything- so learn who will have the information you need and ask them questions. People love to be asked questions and share their knowledge with you.

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