Young Farmers travel to New Zealand

A pair of talented individuals looking to gain in-depth knowledge of dairy farming have been announced on the first day of the virtual Royal Welsh Show as the first winners of the New Zealand Dairy scholarship a partnership created between Wales YFC and New Zealand Dairy Careers.

Eleri George from Keyston club in Pembrokeshire and Betsan Hughes from Llanddeiniol club in Ceredigion were announced by the chairman and vice chairman of the International Travel Committee, Niall Evans and Nerys Lewis as the first scholars to represent Wales YFC and the industry on the other side of the world with ambitions to improve industry practises and knowledge.

Betsan hopes to spend six months in New Zealand and has ambitions to develop as a person and increase her understanding about stock and dairying practice but also to grow in confidence and to bring a few ideas back home to the family run dairy farm in Ceredigion.

Meanwhile, Eleri George who also has the intention to stay for six months believes it would allow her the opportunity to make contacts on the other side of the world.

Wales YFC’s Niall Evans commented ‘We were fortunate to receive great interest in the scholarship which resulted in a pleasing amount of applications of a very high calibre which is why the panel have selected two inaugural Scholars for 2021.’

‘We would like to thank New Zealand Dairy Careers for offering such a wonderful opportunity to members of Wales YFC and we look forward to working together. Eleri and Betsan will be providing regular updates of their scholarship experience on the Wales YFC Facebook page and website’