Two members of Cumbria Young Farmers have earned themselves a scholarship to go to a prestigious conference this week.

Luke Robinson, from Holmescales, and Will Huck will be attending the Oxford Farming Conference thanks to the Westmorland County Agricultural Society.

Described as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity', the conference will allow the pair to learn more about the future of farming and build their network of contacts.

A spokesperson from the society said: "The Oxford Farming Conference has always been, and always will be, a force for good in the farming industry and community.

"It brings together people from all corners of the agricultural, rural and food sectors, encourages a hugely diverse range of thinking, and generates ideas and positive solutions for the future."

The scholarship allows those nominated to attend the live conference and a one-day in-person training forum in London, as well as a series of online bespoke webinars that will be made exclusively available to the scholars.

Luke first attended a Westmorland County Show at less than a week old and his passion for farming has not abated since.

He is a junior member of the society and lives with his family on their dairy farm, whilst also being a keen YFC member and Kent Estuary Chairman.

Educated at QES Kirkby Lonsdale and earning a Triple Distinction Star in Agriculture at Myerscough College, Luke also enrolled at Newton Rigg College to do a Level Four Advanced Dairy Management Course in which he gained a Distinction.

Will currently lives on a family beef and sheep farm after working on a dairy farm in New Zealand. 

Having studied Agriculture at Myerscough College and attended the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester, Will started working as a Farm Advisor back in the UK.

He worked on the Lune for Catchment Sensitive Farming until roughly a year ago, when he started as a Farm Advisor at NWA Professional.

The support from the Westmorland County Agricultural Society in connection with the conference has now been active for roughly three decades.