National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

06 August 2010


Carl Mills, Farm Animal Business Head of Marketing for Novartis Animal Health UK, Dy Webb, Communications Manager for The National Sheep Association, Alex Mackellar, NFYFC ope
Staffordshire YFC’s Alex Mackellar will be heading to New Zealand in October to study sheep farming methods after winning NFYFC’s Novartis travel scholarship.
Competition for the £1,500 travel bursary launched at this year’s convention in Torquay was fierce, and judges from Novartis, the National Sheep Association and NFYFC were forced to shortlist four entries rather than three.
“I was shocked to win but absolutely over the moon,” says Alex, who works on the family’s sheep and arable farm.
“This is the first scholarship I’ve tried for and it is a fantastic opportunity of a lifetime. We have 600 sheep and I can really gain something from this three-week trip, not just go somewhere different but learn something new that I am going to use in my work.”
Alex will be travelling to different station farms to learn about parasite control and resistance trials and will be writing a report and blogging for the Novartis website as part of the scholarship.
NFYFC CEO Diane Calvert says: “The competition for the scholarship was close fought, all the entrants were of very high calibre and really keen to broaden their experience and knowledge so a huge well done to all of them.
“Alex was outstanding, a worthy winner who demonstrated a real passion for sheep farming and a determination to learn as much as possible from New Zealand. We hope she has a fantastic trip.”
“This scholarship encourages new and much-needed young blood into the sheep industry, while at the same time providing an opportunity for all UK sheep producers to learn more about how they can better control parasites on farm,” added Novartis Animal Health’s James Crawford.
“We felt that Alex has the understanding, drive and determination to pull together all the relevant information during her three-week trip, as well as the passion and communication skills to be able to share it with UK producers and others working in the industry, both during her trip and when she returns,” said scholarship award judge, the National Sheep Association’s Dy Webb.  

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