National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

02 August 2012

Novartis Animal Health has presented Chris Berry, a young farmer from Devon, with a prestigious travel scholarship to New Zealand.

Chris is a partner in a family run 440 acre beef, sheep and arable farm near Exeter. He has been given the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and gain experience working in the largest sheep farming industry in the world.

His winning entry to the Novartis/ National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Travel Scholarship included a short report in which Chris focused on the future of farming and the role in which young farmers have to play in building the industry.

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Novartis Animal Health has presented Chris Berry, a young farmer from Devon, with a prestigious travel scholarship to New Zealand.

Chris is a partner in a family run 440 acre beef, sheep and arable farm near Exeter. He has been given the opportunity to travel to New Zealand and gain experience working in the largest sheep farming industry in the world.

His winning entry to the Novartis/ National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC) Travel Scholarship included a short report in which Chris focused on the future of farming and the role in which young farmers have to play in building the industry.

Diane Calvert, NFYFC Chief Executive, said she is delighted that Chris has been awarded the Novartis Scholarship and looks forward to hearing about his experiences in New Zealand.

“After just missing out on the award last time Chris has shown perseverance by coming back and showing the judges what he has achieved over the past year and how he would make a great ambassador for Young Farmers in this country."

“He has been very active with Devon Young Farmers and his confidence and enthusiasm came shining through. I am sure that Chris will benefit hugely from this opportunity,” she said.

Novartis Animal Health provides the scholarship as part of its long-term commitment to the sheep industry and its support for the UK’s young farmers, in partnership with the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). One of the aims of the scholarship is for the students to learn about the problems of resistance to parasiticides in other countries.

This will be Chris’ second trip to New Zealand after having spent some time travelling around the country.

“I am very grateful to Novartis and NFYFC for granting my dream of going back to New Zealand to work and study there. The best way to understand what you read and hear about is to witness it with your own eyes, and I plan to make the very best of this fantastic opportunity, reporting back with my findings and hopefully bring back some useful tips to use on my own flock,” he said.

Novartis Animal Health/NFYFC scholars receive an award of £1,500 to cover their travel costs and spend two weeks gaining hands-on experience on New Zealand sheep farms, as well as having the opportunity to travel in the country. Chris will be producing blogs and a video diary of his visit.

For more information on Devon Young Farmers visit www.devonyfc.co.uk


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