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Skills-based training program for Yorkshire & Humberside sheep producers
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Jun '09
Yorkshire and Humberside sheep producers will benefit from £61,000 awarded to the British Wool Marketing Board to cover a two-year programme of skills-based training.

The cash boost to the region's training has been funded by Lantra - the Sector Skills Council for environmental and land-based industries - on behalf of The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Project co-ordinator Brian Wilson said the funding would enable a range of courses to be undertaken to help sheep producers. “People in Yorkshire and Humberside have told us what they want and now we can deliver the training.”

The training programmes will cover a range of skills including sheep shearing - from beginner to expert level – as well as crutching and gear maintenance.

All courses are linked to the nationally recognised BWMB qualifications (now accredited by NPTC and City and Guilds). The programme will also provide training in hedging, walling and lambing, as well as sheep dip certification including environmental aspects. All training will be delivered by qualified instructors.

Shearing courses include setting-up shearing equipment,working with sheep, crutching, wool care and shearing health and safety as well as risk assessment and safe working practices.

Gear courses cover all important topics relevant to the maintenance of shearing equipment and including the range and uses of shearing combs and how to keep shearing gear in tip-top order.

Sharpening and grinding courses will enable trainees to achieve the “ultimate edge” from their gear and master the best methods to care for and sharpen combs and cutters to ensure optimum performance Said Brian Wilson: “Crutching courses are ideal for beginners who need to obtain a good grounding before taking instruction on shearing. The courses will also cover the skills needed to prepare prime lambs for abattoirs - in line with legislation - and preparing ewes for lambing.”

Training courses will be held on farms in local communities so that they can be delivered at a time and venue that takes account of work and family commitments.

North Yorkshire-based shearing instructor Richard Schofield said the BWMB was at the forefront of shearing training in the UK. “The British Wool Marketing Board has many years of experience in training across the UK covering a wide range of sheep production skills."

British Wool Marketing Board

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