'Back yourself': Price inspires next generation of young workers

'Back yourself': Price inspires next generation of young workers

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Celebrating International Day of Rural Women.

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INDUSTRY CHAMPION: Livestock buyer Keely Price has shared a few tips for young people looking to enter the agriculture industry.

INDUSTRY CHAMPION: Livestock buyer Keely Price has shared a few tips for young people looking to enter the agriculture industry.

Keely Price knew at the age of 12 she wanted to be a stock and station agent.

"I'm a fairly passionate sort of a person and couldn't imagine doing anything else," Ms Price, now 26, said.

Born and bred on her family's Heywood farm, Ms Price entered the agriculture industry straight out of high school where she completed two certificates in agriculture.

"I finished my exams one week and the next I was in the saleyards," she said.

In the last eight years, Ms Price has become a familiar face around Victorian saleyards and now works for the Midfield Group as a livestock field representative.

Her main role involves buying livestock to be backgrounded, processed or fed.

"I've always thought if someone has an issue with you being a female, the issue probably lies with them and not yourself," she said.

We asked women in agriculture to share their photos from around the farm.

According to Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, women make up 32pc of the ag workforce with just 28pc of women in management roles.

The data also showed 75pc of women in ag said they did five or more hours of unpaid domestic work a week, 13pc above the national figure for all women.

In recognition of International Day of Rural Women, Ms Price encouraged young people to "back yourself and the decisions you make".

"There's so many people that will test you along the way and as long as you believe you can do it and put the effort in, there's no reason why you can't do it, regardless if you're male or female," Ms Price said.

"I think a lot of people get mistaken if they didn't grow up on a farm - they expect they won't be taken seriously - but that's not the case.

"Put your hand up if you don't know how to do something and take on advice and you have to be honest because you can't know everything from the start."

Digital connection

A way Ms Price is helping young people is through social media platform Instagram and her account @allthingsagriculture, which has 17,000 followers.

It features handy tips for people entering the industry and a weekly quiz on agricultural issues.

"I get asked a lot how did I get into agriculture and while I'm not an expert in the area, if I can help young people by giving them some tips then I hope that's helpful," Ms Price said.

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