Six passionate and talented Holstein Young breeders to include Mark Bryson from Scotland, have been selected to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders School (EYBS) in Battice, Belgium, this summer.

EYBS will take place from August 31, until September 4, and attracts around 120 young breeders from up to 25 different countries. Established in 1999, the school aims to educate dairy enthusiasts aged between 13 to 25-years-old.

The UK team is made up of Hattie Jackson (Lancashire); Izzy Smith (Shropshire); Jack Wilson (Border and Lakeland); Jo Langley (South West); Mark Bryson (Scotland) and Tom McKnight (Northern Ireland).

During the first part of the school, the young breeders will take part in theoretical courses and workshops focused on preparing calves for shows which will include washing, feeding, clipping, stock judging and showmanship.

Two days are then spent competing, putting into practice their stock judging and showmanship skills. Throughout the five days, emphasis is placed on team spirit and the participation of each member is evaluated throughout each stage of animal husbandry and preparation.

Best described as an event providing learning, exchange and conviviality, EYBS provides a springboard to reach the top in breeding and a great meeting place for future breeders. Many of the young breeders who participate in EYBS go on to compete on an international stage and work for renowned farms.