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SUCCESS STORY: There’s nothing ‘mini’ about Emily’s animal ambitions

Wednesday 24 April

A former Myerscough student from East Lancashire is making a big impression thanks to her growing animal business.

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Emily Livesey completed a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Animal Management last summer, studying at Myerscough’s Blackburn campus at Witton Park, where she was able to achieve distinctions in her final exams.

The 19-year-old runs the popular ‘Emily’s Mini Farm’ in Oswaldtwistle.

The idea began as a hobby back in 2013 when Emily was eight-years-old, starting off with just 6 chickens, along with selling fresh free range eggs on the roadside.

As the years have passed the mini farm has expanded and the business now has a range of animals across a five acre farm site, including chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, pigs, alpacas, goats, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, and tortoises.

Emily said: ‘’I had always wanted to own my own business involving animals, hence why I chose to go to Myerscough College. 

‘’Doing the Level 3 Animal Management course massively helped me towards my future career, especially when it came to applying for my licence to exhibit animals. The staff at the Witton Park campus were very supportive, going above and beyond to help me with my studies, being taught in a smaller group worked for me.’’

Emily’s Mini Farm offers a range of services including a small pet and poultry boarding service, and a bespoke animal experience, where you can take some small chicks away from the farm and look after them for the weekend.

Emily also tours schools and other organisations, with her mobile petting  farm, where children and adults alike are introduced to a large selection of friendly well cared for animals, where you can meet, cuddle and learn all about them.

‘’My business currently involves small pet and poultry boarding, bespoke animal experiences and a mobile petting farm,’’ said Emily.

‘’In the future I hope to build up the business, including breeding a range of animals such as pygmy goats, alpacas and rare breed sheep along with increasing the footprint of my small farm.’’

For more details, head to www.emilysminifarm.co.uk or search for the business on social media.

Click here for details of the range of animal studies programmes available at all levels and centres at Myerscough College and University Centre.