National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

01 March 2015

An opportunity to learn more about new technologies in agriculture at two major manufacturers in France has helped a group of Young Farmers improve their skills.

The NFYFC study tour was funded by Defra and involved visits to two factories in France owned by two of the Federation’s sponsors.

Massey Ferguson invited members to tour their factory in Beauvais, while Kuhn Farm Machinery showcased their facilities in Saverne.

On the four day trip, the 26 Young Farmers learnt more about the production lines in both factories and could see the types of job roles available in agricultural engineering.

James Hutchinson from Malmesbury YFC in Wiltshire was one of the members on the trip and was impressed by the scale of the two factories.

“It was really interesting to see how two major manufacturers have grown over the years and how they were looking to expand and modernise using new technologies. I work on a farm where we use a lot of Kuhn machinery and it was interesting to see how they build them and the quality control checks they went through before being sold.”

Agri Officer Jo Wyles joined members on the trip and said it was great to be able to see how both companies produce quality machinery for farmers all over the world.

“Members were also inspired by the job prospects in the industry and the different types of machinery they could use on their farms,”said Jo. “We’re really grateful for the funding from Defra and to our sponsors for their hospitality in France.”

It wasn’t all work though, as members still found time to do some sightseeing in Paris and Reims – including a trip up the Eiffel Tower.

James added: “Although I have been skiing in France, I have never seen much of the countryside before and it was interesting to visit Paris and appreciate more of the culture. Our bus driver was great at pointing out all the landmarks as we travelled across the country too.”

Plans are already underway for the next study tour which will be a visit to Agritechnica in November. Anyone interested in taking part should register their interest with Jo Wyles.


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