Livestock producers sought to join progressive groups
AHDB Beef Lamb are looking for forward-thinking English producers to join their beef or sheep progressive groups.
The two groups, which will meet twice a year for a three-year period, aim to develop members’ technical and business skills by providing access to industry experts. Group members will take part in visits and discussions that will challenge their current thinking, encourage sharing of new ideas and motivate participants to improve the efficiency and profitability of their own businesses.
The group will look at various aspects of livestock production, including:
• Health and fertility
• Nutrition and feed planning
• Selection for slaughter and meat processing and marketing
• Profit generation, developing business and management skills
Patrick Green, a previous member of the sheep progressive group who runs a flock of 1,250 ewes in Northamptonshire, said: “The group is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people to talk about issues you have on your farm and ways you can correct them.
“If anyone is thinking about joining either of the progressive groups, I would encourage them to do it. You’ve got to put yourself out there in both awkward and enjoyable situations to benefit from the experience of so many other sheep farmers from across the country.”
Anyone interested in joining the group will be expected to actively participate in Stocktake and have data for their enterprise collected each year. This will be used to track progress and will be discussed at group meetings. Similarly, members must have an active health plan and be willing to discuss this with the group.
For more information email email@example.com or download an application form. The closing date for applications is 15 December 2015. Applicants will be reviewed for suitability and may be invited to join the group by February 2016.