SCOTT MITCHELL spends more time castrating cows than training.
The lovable farmer has a crazy schedule balancing his full-time job in the fields in Christchurch, Dorset, with being in the elite class.
Former Lakeside 2015 world champion Mitchell lines up for his first ever world PDC at the Ally Pally against Dutchman Chris Landman this week.
But first he needs to sort out his herd of cows before auctioning off the world crowns.
“I’ve been prioritizing the darts for the past few weeks,” he said. Sometimes it is difficult to do farm work and darts.
“It’s hard to get yourself to work out at the end of the day, you can be very tired.
“So it’s better to try doing a little in the morning. I wake up around 7am, do some work then come back and have a throw.
“Then maybe come back in the evening if I feel it. When you are a farmer, you have to do a little bit of everything.
“You have to be a part-time veterinarian, fencing expert, tractor driver, mechanic and electrician. You have to be able to turn your hand on anything.”
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He added: “I have 15 pedigree Hereford cows out of 45.
“Once you raise calves from September to March, then you have to build the herd. Some are tractors and some are handmade.
“The hardest job is castration. If you have cows with horns, they can hurt each other and gouge each other.
“So when the young are born, they have little shoots and we remove them, and the horns don’t grow.
“You have to grab them and castrate them. They can be aggressive demons, so they have tough bodies. I do it more than practice.”
World number 81 Mitchell will face underrated Stoke star Ian White if he can get past Landman.
But he’s certainly not afraid to lock horns with opponents – even fearsome opponents Price Gerwyn, the current world champion is beef pie.
I’ve been prioritizing the darts for the past few weeks. Sometimes it is difficult to do farm work and darts.
“Dealing with a herd of livestock is like a herd of players in PDC,” Mitchell admits. And just like cattle, you have one or two people who don’t like you!
“When I see a couple of darts players bumping into each other at tournaments, I find it quite amusing.
“It doesn’t scare me. I stopped a 500 kg cow trying to run up the cattle track.
“You have to face them directly to stop them. If the gate is open, it is possible that you blocked it or the animal was out.
“So you learn to stop it and not run away from the path.”
When Mitchell won BDO World Championship seven years ago he famously went out and rewarded himself with a new tractor.
But if he hits the jackpot at Ally Pally and wins the top prize of £500,000, he won’t be allowed to buy any more farm machinery.
The 51-year-old, who won his PDC Travel Card last January, added: “If I win the world championship and half a million, I won’t buy another tractor.
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“I think my wife Sharon will make me buy something more meaningful for our retirement.
“Maybe I will retire early and pass it (the farm) to my son. That would be a nice way to start 2022! ”
His family helps him run the business, and Mitchell revealed: “My son Sam and daughter Katie keep me running darts – it’s the only way I can keep playing.
“Sharon looks after the place, Sam takes care of the tractors and Katie does the rest.”
He continued: “I am very proud to be able to meet Ally Pally – another player who has played at both World Championships.
“I said I would give myself two chances to get into Q School and I got the card on the second chance.
“I also wanted to be Ally Pally and now I have.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4273316/pdc-world-darts-scott-mitchell-day-job/ Scott Mitchell spends more time spaying bulls than hitting them at his full-time day job as a farmer