Dunbia trains farmers

A group of young farmers have been given expert training by processors as part of a special scheme to support the Welsh lamb industry.

Dunbia is running a series of training sessions at its processing facility in Llanybydder for young farmers. The sessions are part of a scheme, launched last year at the Royal Welsh Show, to support the sector and encourage young farmers to remain in the industry.

Under the scheme thirty young farmers supply Welsh lamb to Dunbia (Llanybydder) which is sold in Sainsbury’s Welsh stores 52 weeks of the year, however, this number is set to increase due to huge interest amid the young farming community.

During the training session, a Meat and Livestock Commission Services Ltd representative illustrated the EUROP classification to the group of young farmers and graded three different spec lambs, after which the young farmers had to grade lambs for themselves putting into practice what they had learnt.

Diseases such as liver fluke, pleurisy, c.ovis and pericarditis were explained in detail and actions to help prevent such diseases were communicated to the young farmers.

Following a tour of the Dunbia facility, from lairage to despatch, Anthony Davies from Dunbia cut up a lamb carcass explaining the different cuts and generating a better understanding of Sainsbury’s specifications for each cut.

A store visit to Sainsbury’s in Lampeter rounded off the session, giving farmers the chance to see their products on shelf.

Sainsbury’s head of brand sustainability, agriculture and health, Annie Graham, said: “I am delighted to see the scheme continue to go from strength to strength and the tremendous support it is receiving from Welsh customers. It is encouraging to see the young farmers attend training offered by Dunbia and MLC and I hope they will put their learnings into practice.”