Show Success for Young Farmers
Past agriculture apprentices have been putting their training to the test at a number of local livestock shows recently.
Successful past apprentice April Davies represented Welshpool Livestock Market at the recent Wynnstay Sheep and Beef event.
April from Dolfor near Newtown, previously attended NPTC Group’s Newtown Campus one day per week whilst working for farmer Ben Beddoes at Common Piece Farm, Church Stoke and his Dairy Dreams’ ice cream business. April went on to be named the National Training Federation for Wales Apprentice of the Year in 2013 and has now taken on an administrative role for the livestock market.
Shows in Llanfyllin and Llanfair Caereinion near Welshpool saw Will Jones successful in the Mule sheep section whilst Dylan Jones, who is just starting to show sheep, enjoyed the experience and is clearly destined to achieve great success in the future.
Mike Hughes, Agriculture Assessor for Pathways Training, NPTC Group’s work-based learning department caught up with all the past students and said: “It was great to see students successfully putting into practice what they have learnt on the Apprenticeship Programme with Pathways Training and going on to owning and showing livestock and winning prizes at these local events.”
Local livestock shows provide opportunities for agricultural businesses to promote their goods and services and attracting farming representatives from across Powys.
PIC Caption: Apprentice Will Jones with his prize Mule