Industry needs to attract more young people, Eblex warns

The beef and lamb sector must attract young, highly skilled people to the industry in order to maintain its future success, delegates at the Eblex annual conference were told.

Eblex chairman John Cross said that seizing global opportunities and succession planning were key to building on the industry’s foundations.

He said: “We must ensure the industry capitalises on maximising the current market potential, but it is crucial to attract highly skilled young people into the industry to keep the momentum going.
“We have a sound future, but we have to be up there with the absolute best. We need more young, highly-qualified people to join this industry, while producing more efficiently.
“We must make sure the market wants us and the products we produce, but we have to protect our international reputation and manage risk to secure our future.”