Geoffrey Crozier from Collone YFC recently took part in an exchange to Scotland. This is a report of his experiences:
“I set off on Monday 8th June 2015 where I flew from Belfast City airport to Edinburgh airport where I was met by a SAYFC staff member Penny.
“She then brought me to meet up with others who were on exchange from across Europe. Later that evening we all had a dinner at a restaurant called the Filling Station in Edinburgh which was excellent.
“The next day we set off on a trip to do some sightseeing around Edinburgh. We went to the Scottish Parliament Building which is a very stylish building.
“After this we went to a 260 acre arable farm called Craigie’s Farm; they grow a large range of soft fruits and have a deli and cafe on site. It is located between South Queensferry and Edinburgh.
“The day after we went to the Falkirk Wheel which is a rotating boat lift used to turn boats around on the Scottish canals Forth, Clyde and Union.
“Following this we went to Glasgow transport museum to see vintage to current means of transport.
“Later that evening we had a dinner in Fernwick, Ayeshire and from there we were collected by our host families.
“My hosts are the Eskine family from Uplawmour in East Ayrshire.
“All of their family are members of Kilmours YFC, which has a membership of 55 strong members.
“My host family have a small suckler herd and sheep family. They also run a drainage construction business.
“So far they have brought me to see a few local dairy farms, they had big numbers of livestock, between 250 and 500 hundred cows on the farms.
“I have also visited the Whitelee Windfarm with 215 wind turbines on it and has now become Europe’s largest wind farm.
“So far I’m having a ball of a time with plenty of things to see and do. I would encourage other young farmers from other clubs to apply for an exchange for next year.”