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Poultry initiative programme deemed a success

February 2, 2017 by  
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Gary Ford, Danny Johnson, Patrick Joice and Steven Pace, EPIC conference 2016

A bespoke poultry programme aimed at developing skills and knowledge of young people in one of Britain’s biggest farming sectors, has been hailed a success.

Some 16 farmers under 35 took part in the 2015/2016 NFU Poultry Industry Programme. Candidates undertake a https://www.acheterviagrafr24.com/ packed training schedule – including negotiating and understanding market trends, learning about technology, and advice about lobbying for the sector.

NFU poultry adviser Gary Ford said the partnership between the NFU and ABN had helped to create a programme that was highly valued by
the industry. “It has been rewarding for all involved,” said Mr Ford.

He added: “Programmes like this are vital to the poultry industry to ensure we retain people within the sector. With the absence of a levy board, it’s crucial we have the opportunity to share best practice advice and new skills and technologies.”

ABN helped to arrange trips to Brussels and Westminster, as well as to one of the company’s mills and a mainline retailer, all with the intention of exposing candidates to experiences they would not necessarily have access to, helping with skill development.

ABN national poultry sales manager Daniel Johnson said: “ABN have been partners of the NFU programme since it started, and for us this is one of many initiatives we are involved in that’s vital to help encourage young people to choose a career in agriculture.

“In its infancy, both the NFU and ABN were looking for involvement in an initiative that helps retain and develop the knowledge and skills of young people in the poultry industry. And the NFU programme is the perfect vehicle for this.”

Participants were required to write 1,000 words on how they would overcome one of the main challenges they saw for the poultry industry in the coming years. The aim was candidates to demonstrate continual development throughout the programme.

Mr Johnson said: “The poultry industry is very proud of its self-sufficiency, and this has been built on good communication and networking between the industry. Maintaining this through future generations, and continuing to build on this is very important.”

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