Search for the next generation of beef experts

A new industry training scheme aimed at creating a new generation of experts in the English beef sector is currently looking for recruits. 

Sixteen consultants, advisers and vets are being sought for the programme, with the purpose of supporting AHDB Beef & Lamb at special occasions and presenting Better Returns Programme events throughout the country.

Following a successful taster session as part of the organisation’s consultants’ day, the recruitment process has commenced with the goal of filling all the spaces by the middle of October.

“We want to help develop beef expertise to ensure well-trained and experienced consultant and advisers continue to be available to the beef industry,” explained Liz Genever, AHDB Beef & Lamb’s senior beef and sheep scientist, and the scheme coordinator.

“The success of the taster session has shown us there is a real appetite for this type of work.”

The scheme will consist of five meetings between December 2015 and December next year throughout the country and will focus on the technical aspects of breeding, health and fertility, feed and forage, selection for slaughter and business improvements. Depending on the success, a similar scheme may follow in its footsteps focusing on the sheep sector.

“The Developing Beef Expertise programme will produce a group of trained consultants and advisers, who can be used to deliver at AHDB Beef & Lamb events and help develop written material. In addition, the consultants and advisers involved would be more aware of the tools and technical information available from AHDB Beef & Lamb.”

The industry levy board is working with the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants in delivering the continuous professional development (CPD) programme.

Involved in the course is a live-to-dead day at Dunbia, a farm visit and consultancy exercise, as well as a key performance indicator workshop with Nottingham University.

The interactive meetings take place over two days with the first being held on 2-3 December. Each session counts for 10 hours of CPD.

In order to attend the meetings, £100 must be paid for each session and there is a minimum commitment of three meetings.

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