29 Jun 2015

Cattleman's Academy

cattlemansA unique insight into the full spectrum of beef production – from farm to consumer – is on the timetable for four agriculture students from Askham Bryan College.

The four are all studying for their Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships in Agriculture and were selected for the Cattleman's Academy which is run at the York-based college in conjunction with Asda and food processors, ABP. This week, they are embarking on a study tour which will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the challenges and requirements of producer, processor, retailer and consumer.

Oliver Inman of Wiggington, York, Sam Abel from near Bedale, Tom Elliott of Toulston, Tadcaster and Tom Parvin of Sessay, Thirsk all work on farms in North Yorkshire and study part time at the College.Mrs Lindsey Wedgewood, Apprenticeship Course Manager said: “The Academy is a fantastic way to build on the experience and knowledge developed through their time on the Apprenticeship programme, and also broaden their horizons into beef production across the spectrum. These young people are able to learn from some of the country's best beef farmers, and have the confidence to ask about the systems they use, and why. Then, armed with new ideas and insight, they will go back to their own farms, with a better understanding of how the industry works and the important part each element plays in meat production.”The tour includes a visit to York auction mart with ABP procurement officer Michael Atkinson, an abattoir in Shrewsbury, to ABP Doncaster to learn more about retail packing and for a butchery demonstration, and to Asda's retail and distribution centres in Manchester. Placements on three leading beef farms in England Scotland and Wales will complete the study tour experience.