SILSDEN dairy farmer Georgina Fort is the new chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

And she is striving to help dispel "outdated attitudes" relating to women in the industry.

"People still often presume that because I’m a woman I’ll be a farmer’s wife – when I am actually the farmer,” she said.

"It’s important that as an organisation we continue to challenge such outdated attitudes."

Georgina, 29, farms a 250-strong Silmoor Holsteins herd, with her father and sister.

She also has her own sheep enterprise, and juggles her workload with looking after young son Alexander.

Multi-talented Georgina formerly worked on top ITV soap Emmerdale as a background artist, after completing a degree in theatre and performance studies, before returning to work on the family’s 300-acre farm.

She said the chairman appointment was "a huge honour".

"I hope to meet as many members as possible during my time in office," added Georgina, who last year won a Young Farmer of the Year accolade.

"These are difficult times for the farming industry and, more widely, for young people living in rural areas.

"Young Farmers gives us one voice and I take getting that voice heard very seriously."

Georgina's vice-chairmen are Edward Bentley and Stephen Jarmuz.