Ed Whiteman

Ed Whiteman


I grew up in a ‘clay’ village around St Austell. Dad is an electronic engineer and mum was a civil servant. I met Amy (now my wife) when I was 14. Amy grew up in St. Austell, but her dad was a herdsperson on a dairy farm. Visting the farm was my first exposure to cows. I then did my year 10 work experience on the farm. This started my addiction to the world of farming.  I decided I would like to be a large animal vet, but A levels weren’t for me. I went on to complete a diploma in agriculture. This led to jobs on farms, initially dairy farms and then moving onto beef and sheep farms running different systems. This is where I discovered my passion and led me to purchase 14 ewes running them on grass keep locally and lambing in a garage! In 2020 we applied for and secured a County Council farm. We are currently running just over 200 ewes; we operate a low input system based on paddock grazing of herbal leys. Alongside my own farm I work as a shepherd on a neighboring farm and have a scanning business. Scanning cattle and sheep all over the county gives me the chance to see what other farmers are doing and continually review my practice at home!

How do we Inspire the Next Generation of Sustainable Food Producers?

Speaker's Corner

Join LEAF’s panelists to consider how young people view food production and how we can better connect people with our industry. Through this panel we want to inspire and motivate farmers to connect with young people of all ages by hearing their perspectives, thoughts and opinions of our industry while engaging them in the vital […]