Following the success of last year’s event, The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s industry leading Youth Development Programme (YDP) has announced plans for a two-day conference for 18-24-year-old beef enthusiasts to further their academic and practical skill set.
The YDP Senior Conference, which for the second year running is being sponsored by Dawn Meats, will take place on the 20th and 21st February at Pat Lambert’s commercial beef unit, Pitlochie Farm, Gateside KY14 7SQ on the Saturday morning, where delegates will get the chance of a tour round the commercial beef enterprise.
The second part of the conference will take in a change of location to the Station Hotel, Perth, on Saturday afternoon for the conference activities.
The event will cover a range of speakers starting with George Brown of sponsors Dawn Meats who will be discussing topics such as cattle grading and market specifications; Alistair Crozier of Parkside Vets, who will be discussing a range of practical veterinary advice topics, followed by Breedplan’s Barbara Webster who will be giving a seminar on understanding EBV’s. The after dinner speaker will be David Ismail of the Fordel Aberdeen-Angus herd.
The Sunday morning activities will include a public speaking workshop and a ring craft and judging etiquette discussion group from William Haire and Andrew Hughes.
YDP co-ordinator Gayle Bersey says: “The YDP goes from strength to strength every year with more workshops, excellent weekend final facilities and an amazing array of talent from the participants, but the senior conference brings another dimension to the programme’s activities, with a mixture of classroom and practical activities.”
Representing sponsors Dawn Meats, Mark Allan says; “Dawn Meats are pleased to support the Aberdeen-Angus YDP Senior Conference again this year, after a very successful event in Devon in 2015. The YDP brings together passionate and enthusiastic young beef producers from across the UK and our support for this event shows our commitment to encouraging and educating the future of our industry.”
Those wishing to book their place should email Gayle Bersey on [email protected]. For more information on the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society’s Youth Development Programme go to http://aberdeen-angus.co.uk/youth-development/ or follow the YDP on Facebook.