NFU Scotland is encouraging young people making a special impact
within rural industries to enter its annual Young Achiever Excellence
Award which is sponsored by NFU Mutual and have extended the deadline
to Wednesday 3 January 2007 to allow time for more applications!
Modern farming is constantly evolving and having to adapt to more
and more technology and scientific advances. In addition, the
average age of Scottish farmers is in the high fifties and so attention
is now turning to the younger generation who will be the farmers
of the future. Pressure is being placed on educational establishments
and on Government to encourage young farmers as much as possible
and the NFU Scotland/NFU Mutual Young Achiever award aims to add
to this encouragement.
If you know of anyone who stands out from the crowd, now is the
time to nominate them or to enter yourself! There is a prize
of £1000 up for grabs and the only prerequisites for entry
are that the applicant or a family member must be a member of NFUS
and the applicant him/herself must be 35 years of age or under.
Steve Mitchell of Puddledub Buffalo won the Young Achiever Award
last year. Steve runs an enterprise, alongside that of his uncle,
on the family farm, running a breeding herd of water buffalo, in
addition to a herd of cattle. He supplies the unique buffalo beef
directly to the public through farmers markets and plans to further
develop the business into milk production and the making of buffalo
mozzarella cheese. Since his win, Steve has gone on
to win additional prestigious awards and achieve further business
success – much of this thanks to the publicity he received
after winning the award.
Anna Davies, NFU Scotland Communications Manager, who co-ordinates
the awards, said:
“Winners of this award receive not only a financial prize
but also invaluable media coverage which can only be a good thing
for fledgling businesses! NFU Scotland aims to do all it
can to give young people a head start in the industry and one of
the best ways to get recognition or coverage for your business
is to enter this award. Can you really afford not to?”
- Winners receive a cash prize of £1000 and a plaque to
commemorate their win, in addition to being treated to a night
at Dunblane Hydro Hotel for themselves and their partner.
- For details on how to apply to the award or nominate someone
else, please contact Anna Davies on 0131 472 4020 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The
deadline for applications is WEDNESDAY 3 JANUARY 2007.
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