Exchange Programme bursary recipients revealed

Kathryn Mills, Moneymore YFC, at the announcement of the UFU exchange programme who have granted her a bursary to fly to the state of Montana, USA, next month.
Kathryn Mills, Moneymore YFC, at the announcement of the UFU exchange programme who have granted her a bursary to fly to the state of Montana, USA, next month.

The Young Farmers’ Club of Ulster (YFCU) is pleased to announce the continued support of UFU in its Exchange Programme.

This year a member of Moneymore YFC will be supported by a bursary and part of the sponsorship package involves them reporting back on a subject with an agricultural theme.

Pictured at the announcement of the UFU Exchange Programme Sponsorship are Roberta Simmons, YFCU President, Wesley Aston, UFU CEO and Kathryn Mills, Moneymore YFC and recipient of the UFU bursary.

Pictured at the announcement of the UFU Exchange Programme Sponsorship are Roberta Simmons, YFCU President, Wesley Aston, UFU CEO and Kathryn Mills, Moneymore YFC and recipient of the UFU bursary.

Recipient of the bursary is Kathryn Mills, Moneymore YFC. Kathryn will travel to Montana, USA, on the 3rd July. Kathryn is currently studying Food, Nutrition and Well-being at Harper Adams University, Shropshire. She hopes to find her way on to a Cattle Ranch and is currently undertaking horse riding, which she has a keen interest in, to prepare herself for the cattle round ups on a ranch which are performed on horseback.

On returning home Kathryn hopes to provide research as to how retailers and buyers interact with the farmers in the state of Montana, USA, in comparison to the relationship between farmers and retailers in the UK, which have a very hands on approach to farm visits and inspections as well as the process of quality assurance which is an important issue when it comes to consuming meat in the UK and Northern Ireland.

Kathryn expressed her thanks to the Ulster Farmers Union.

“This is a once in a life time opportunity that the Ulster Farmers’ Union have granted me. I want to extend my sincerest thanks to the Union and to Wesley Aston, UFU CEO, for their kindness on granting me this bursary,” she said.

Kathryn added: “I want to really absorb the culture and make the most of every minute while I’m there. It’s all about the experience, which I’m so grateful to have been given.”

The Exchange Programme has been offered through YFCU for over 60 years and forms many international lifetime friendships. Members compete for places, are interviewed by a panel and receive intensive training before heading off to their foreign destinations.

UFU CEO Wesley Aston commented: “I think it’s very critical that we have a younger generation of farmers going out and seeing what’s available elsewhere in the world and bringing that information back and applying it here in Northern Ireland. Certainly as far as the Ulster Farmers’ Union are concerned we think this is essential for the future of our industry and are very happy to support this going forward.”

YFCU President Roberta Simmons added: “We as a Young Farmers organisation are extremely grateful to the Ulster Farmers Union for furthering the Exchange Programme Sponsorship and for the bursary available to Kathryn this year.

“It’s a great opportunity for our members to see the rest of the world, to take part in new experiences, and to essentially bring their knowledge back to our organisation to be shared with the rest of the agricultural industry.”