Last week the Meadow Foods team launched our innovative new programme, Young Farmers, at our Chester head office. With all seventeen chosen young farmers in attendance the programme got off to a fantastic start, with vital insights into the dairy industry, a special guest and the opportunity for the next generation of farmers to get to know one another.
What is the Young Farmers programme?
Meadow Foods was inspired to create the Young Farmers programme due to the need for innovative ideas and particularly a new generation of farmers that will help shape the dairy industry in future years. Whilst it is predominantly targeted to those aged between 20 and 35, we here at Meadow Foods are firm believers that age is just a mindset, and therefore welcomed applications from all ages as there has never been a better time to join the dairy farming industry.
The programme itself will provide young people in the dairy farming industry with the skills, knowledge and insights that are key to a successful farming career. Covering a wide variety of topics including: milk markets and pricing, contract management, cost management, sustainability, and a wide variety of additional topics tailored to suit the requirements of our young farmers. The programme will span two years with participants required to attend three training days each year.
Young Farmers launch
We began accepting applications for the programme back in May, and following an outstanding response we narrowed the applicants down to our chosen seventeen candidates, all of whom attended our launch induction event on 4th October.
During the event programme participants were given an in-depth look into what the programme will consist of, a tour around our Chester factory, as well as special guest Stephen Bradley who joined us from milkprices.com, industry experts in UK milk price developments.
Speaking of the launch event, Milk Produrement and Logistics Director here at Meadow Foods, Jim Bebb said, “We are very encouraged by the enthusiasm that our young farmers have shown here today, the next two years look set to be a fantastic opportunity for both participants and Meadow Foods as we help to develop the next generation of knowledgeable dairy farmers.”
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