A TOWN teenager has shown she’s a country girl at heart, thanks to her love of all creatures great and Small.
Abbie Small, 18, might have been born and bred in South Shields, but she is hoping to put her animal magic to the test at the North East’s biggest agricultural show this year.
Abbie, now in the final year of an agricultural course at Northumberland College, is hoping to take part in the Northumberland County Show in May, exhibiting Aberdeen Angus cattle raised at the college’s Kirkley Hall campus, near Ponteland.
The prize cattle are in the running to compete at the show, and Abbie will be putting them on display for judges if they get through the entry process.
While there are no farming roots in her family, the former Harton Technology College student has a lifelong love of animals.
Her time spent helping out with lambing at a farm in Clennell in Northumberland over the past four years has only added to her desire to making a living by rearing livestock.
Abbie, of Wells Grove, South Shields, said: “Even though none of my family are involved in farming, I knew I wanted to work with animals after I helped with lambing on a farm near Rothbury four years ago.
“I’m now in my final year of an agricultural course at Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus, and I hope to work with livestock in the future.”
The college is in its second year as main sponsor of the county show. It has put its name to new classes for the Aberdeen Angus breed in the cattle section this year, and Abbie has her eyes on the prize.
She said: “I really like the Aberdeen Angus cattle. They have a very docile nature and are easy to handle. This makes them perfect for halter training and showing.”
Marcus Clinton, vice-principal at the college, said: “Our plans are to ensure Kirkley Hall is firmly at the centre of the rural community, training the next generation of farmers.
“Over the past few years, we have invested heavily in our livestock and are very pleased to showcase our pedigree Aberdeen Angus cattle at the county show this year.”
The county show takes place on Monday, May 26, at Bywell, near Stocksfield.