National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

20 September 2011

EBLEX’s National Selection Specialist Steve Powdrill and Senior Regional Manager Clive Brown put Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) members through their paces at Burton Bishop College farm with advice on practical farming and business skills to produce meat for today’s market.  

Topics included efficient handling and selection, classification and understanding the market place.  YFC members were shown how different classes of stock fit into the supply chain, the importance of meeting specification and carcase utilisation.  

YFC members, including Ashford YFC’s Stuart Jakeman,  travelled from as far afield as Kent to attend the pilot training event in Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire.

Stuart said: “The training was a really good balance between theory and practical work which gave us the opportunity to hone our skills. All the skills covered are transferable to work on the farm and also stock judging within YFC itself. I found the day very informative and it will be very useful for grading sheep for the market on my home farm.”

Clive Brown, EBLEX says:  "The demands of the current day market place for beef and lamb are continually evolving and events like this will help the next generation of producers understand today's requirements for differing outlets, be they major retail or export, and the importance of meeting ever tightening specifications."

NFYFC’s agriculture & rural affairs officer Sarah Palmer welcomed the successful new training scheme and explained: “NFYFC’s national competitions programme helps YFC members to gain and develop knowledge and skills that are essential in modern agriculture.

“Through the constant development of innovative new training schemes such as this one, NFYFC ensures that the skills gained by members through YFC involvement, including the competitions programme, keep up to date with industry standards.”

The aim is for the pilot event to lead to the development of a programme of regional events. NFYFC is also to develop an interactive DVD to support the new training, which it aims to make available to for Young Farmers’ Clubs members in England and Wales.

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