An NFU initiative designed to engage with the next generation of dairy farmers has been hailed a success and could lead to the creation of a new cross-sector young farmer national board.
The Next Generation Dairy Board (NGDB) was originally set up as a one-year pilot scheme to introduce younger farmers to the NFU and involve them in lobbying and political activity.
The board took ownership of a number of key dairy policy issues, including skills and training, succession and the public perception of dairying.
NFU vice president Gwyn Jones, who set up the board during his tenure as dairy board chairman, said: "When the plans were first unveiled, I never thought we'd be inundated with so many applications from top quality dairy farmers. This shows that the next generation is keen to engage and learn more about the NFU. It also bodes well for the future of the organisation as a whole. I'm keen to emulate the achievements of the NGDB with a cross-sector young farmer board and ensure that the next generation's views are heard within the NFU both regionally and nationally."
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