Young Farmers have been given the opportunity to further their expertise through leadership and business skills, with the SAYFC ‘Cultivating Leaders’ programme.

Just 12 Young Farmers are given the opportunity to attend the course for six days, the programme allows SAYFC to invest in their YF, their future farmers and their leaders by armouring and preparing them with as many skills and tools as possible.

“The country’s agriculture industry – like the rest of the UK – is entering one of the most significant period in its history and it is our next generation that will drive the sector forward. It is important that we offer young people the skills, support and confidence to take on the challenges they will face and give them the mindset, support and network to thrive and make the most of the opportunities their careers will bring.

“I always leave my time with Cultivating Leaders cohort invigorated, energised and enthused by the optimism , dynamism and drive the cohort have for their future,” said director of agriculture at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Roddy Mclean.

David Bennie, of Callander YFC, added: “The course introduced me to a group of like-minded individuals who wanted to better themselves and their careers in the rural sector. It was great to hear that some of the barriers I faced in my career; were shared by the group and solutions were found collectively.

“I feel this opportunity enhanced my knowledge of business management, dealing with succession, goal setting and working with staff. The course content was pitched at an understandable level by professionals who are experts in their fields.

“The farm visits showcased rural, innovative businesses which have driven themselves forward, to create sustainable futures. I’d thoroughly recommend the course to anyone, it’s worth it for the craic alone,” he said.