Josh wouldn’t mind us saying that he looks like the unfarmiest farmer we’ve ever seen, were ‘unfarmiest’ a word.
Although he’s arrived direct from the dairy parlour, he looks more like a Premiership footballer, or a skateboarder, than he does a herdsman.
“I get that a lot,” he says, as I check we’re interviewing the right person. “I’ve always cared about what I look like and what I wear. My older brother is the complete opposite – he walks around with his shirt buttons undone and his hairy chest billowing out.
“I don’t drive a truck like lots of farmers. I love cars and have a nice Audi A5. My dream would be a Nissan GT-R but that won’t happen for a while.”
Part of the reason is the impending arrival of his first child in January 2019.
“It’s exciting,” he says, taking everything in his stride. “It was a bit of a bolt from the blue but Maddy and I are really looking forward to it.”
Josh’s farming roots go back to his childhood where he grew up on a dairy farm in Hinstock. Although work on his parents’ farm was soaked up by other family, Josh helped out at a farm nearby.
“I would milk before school, get picked up by the bus at the dairy parlour, then milk again on the way home after being dropped off. I got a bit of grief from the other kids because I always stank like the cows, but I just said ‘look at my bank balance’. I’ve always worked my socks off and I enjoy the rewards.”
Josh joined the dairy team in July this year and although relatively new in post he’s settled in quickly.
“It’s a great working environment,” he says. “The hours are great and morale is high. We get the job done well and it can be good fun. We get on well.”
Josh’s role at Sansaw’s dairy includes milking and general cow health and welfare. But it appears that he has a soft spot for animals in general.
“I’d like to breed dogs one day. I love the Italian bull mastiff – it’s called a Cane Corso – but we’ll have to wait and see how next year pans out with the baby.
“I still keep a few bulls back at the home farm. I do it every year and it’s
great to watch them progress. I go back a lot to keep an eye on them but it’s a nice way to earn some extra money.”
As for travelling abroad, like many young farmers do to gain experience, it’s not something Josh is too interested in yet.
“I’ve always thought I can experience what I want to experience here,” he says matter-of-factly. “Going abroad would be six months where I wouldn’t be progressing here, so I’d rather stay here and see what I can do.”