More than 1,000 Welsh farmers have visited 11 countries over the last three years to learn about agricultural techniques, with a Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) project.
The study tours, funded through the Rural Development Plan for Wales, started in 2009 and since then, a total of 1,027 farmers have been to countries such as France, Germany, Romania, Norway and Italy as well as the four home nations.
“The study tours have proven to be enormously popular with farmers in Wales who are eager to discover what their counterparts in Europe or even in other parts of the UK are doing to improve their livestock or farm management,” said HCC project executive Dewi Hughes.
“Each group on their return had to provide a written report to HCC on their findings and organise events in their localities so that the information they had gathered could be passed on to their farmer colleagues,” he said. “The reports are also uploaded to the HCC website for wider dissemination.”