The new YFC year brings a few changes to the Wales YFC Lamb Scheme, in association with Dunbia (Llanybydder) and Sainsbury’s.
The project works in partnership with Dunbia, one of the UK’s leading processors and one of the UK’s largest supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and gives members of the organisation the unique opportunity to supply Welsh lamb to the Sainsbury’s stores within Wales, 52 weeks an year. The initiative is open to members and associate members aged 16 to 40. A premium price is paid for the lamb plus a £1 per lamb bonus if they hit the specification. Previously 65% of lambs were required to meet the specification before receiving a bonus, however from 1st September any lambs that meet the specification will qualify for the £1 per head premium.
All members participating in the Wales YFC lamb initiative also support Wales YFC as from every Lamb sold through the scheme, Wales YFC receives 40p per head from Dunbia, 10p of which goes directly to the supplier’s County Federation.
The vision for the Wales YFC lamb initiative is to support and encourage young people to remain within the farming industry and to offer a stepping stone for those trying to establish themselves as a supplier of Welsh Lamb. The initiative gives young farmers the opportunity to be part of an innovative programme of training events designed to meet the needs of the members. There will be a number of training opportunities available in the coming year, including the opportunity to complete accredited CPD modules in relevant areas such as Stock Selection, Animal Health and Grassland. As a condition of the scheme, suppliers are required to take part in at least two training sessions per year. All training is tailored to be practical and to ensure that suppliers are providing the best lambs possible and are therefore getting as many bonus payments as possible.
Jonathan Williams, Wales YFC’s Rural Affairs Chairman said;
“It is really fantastic that this flagship initiative between Wales YFC, Dunbia and Sainsburys continues to go from strength to strength, benefiting our members as well as County Federations throughout Wales.”
Phil Hambling, Agriculture Manager for Sainsbury’s said;
“We’re very pleased to be able to continue our support for this initiative to give our young farmers direct support but more importantly, give access to training and expertise to help them develop their production and business on the ground.”
Paul Edwards, Managing Director, Dunbia (Llanybydder) added;
“We are delighted to be involved in the YFC initiative and to see it growing from strength to strength as it celebrates its fourth year. Dunbia are supportive of the Wales Young Farmers Clubs in many ways but this initiative is about building a future for farming in Wales and making sure that the farmer, processor and retailer partnership achieves its goals, ensuring a sustainable lamb market for the future.”
If you are interested in taking part in the Wales YFC Lamb Scheme please contact Sarah Price, Wales YFC Rural Development Officer on 01982 553502 or firstname.lastname@example.org