NEW INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO ENCOURAGE THE NEXT GENERATION OF PIG KEEPERS

Menter moch press release

A new opportunity exclusively for Wales YFC members has been launched to encourage the next generation of pig keepers.

Following the success of Wales YFC’s initiatives such as their lamb and beef schemes, pigs is next on the agenda for Wales’ rural voluntary youth organisation.

The application window has now opened and 4 finalists will be selected and will be provided with 5 weaners each. Competitors will also have the opportunity to take part in an exclusive carcase competition later in the year. Support & training will be provided to develop the skills required to establish, manage and develop this new venture. From practical advice on rearing through to business skills such as marketing. These transferrable skills gained will be valuable and applicable to any on-farm enterprise.

“Menter Moch Cymru is delighted to be working with Wales YFC to provide this unique opportunity.” said Melanie Cargill, Menter Moch Cymru Project Manager. “This is a great introduction for any young farmer thinking of entering the pig sector. Not only are they provided with the weaners to start them off but they are also given training & support throughout the whole process.”

Pigs can be kept in various management systems ranging from indoor to outdoor. Many farms already have suitable general-purpose buildings or land that are currently being under-utilised that could be easily converted for pig keeping with little capital investment. Therefore, providing an alternative income and enterprise on farm.

Arwel Jones, Wales YFC Chairman noted, ‘We as Wales YFC are grateful to have the opportunity to work with the Menter Moch Cymru initiative. The project provides a great opportunity for young farmers to get their foot on the industry ladder and to be involved with the development of the pig sector in Wales. We encourage members from throughout the Country to consider this new opportunity and to get in touch for more information.”

For further details and to find out how to apply, please visit www.mentermochcymru.co.uk or www.yfc-wales.org.uk

Closing Date for Entries is Friday 16th June 2017

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Photo Caption: Melanie Cargill, Menter Moch Cymru & Arwel Jones, Wales YFC Chair launching the new pig finishing competition at the RWAS Spring Festival.



About the Welsh Pig industry and Menter Moch Cymru Currently there are approximately 25,000 pigs in Wales, annually producing 3,200 tonnes of pig meat. Menter Moch Cymru aims to increase the size of the pig herd in Wales through a multi-pronged campaign, by ensuring working towards developing a more robust, sustainable and profitable sector.

Funded by the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 -2020, the Menter Moch Cymru project will, through targeted marketing, offer Welsh farmers and young farmers in particular, income generating opportunities through maximum utilisation of their farm resources. Support is provided with business planning, husbandry, health, bio-security and marketing.

The initial project phase will run until March 2018 with a view to a potentially longer project.

For more information about Menter Moch Cymru or this competition please contact: Melanie Cargill Menter Moch Cymru Project Manager melanie.cargill@menterabusnes.co.uk 07494 478763