Free European study tours available for Welsh farmers

Farmers in Wales can apply to claim an all-expenses-paid study trip to Europe to research how successful businesses operate in other countries.

Farming Connect is offering eight successful applicants up to £4,000 each to travel to a country of their choice and research an aspect of farming or forestry.

They will need to be registered with Farming Connect and submit a plan by the end of November outlining a topic they wish to study, why they have chosen it and how they would share it with the wider industry.

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If their application is approved they will then have to submit a more detailed proposal by 31 January 2019, for which fully funded mentoring support will be available.

Profiles of previous successful applicants are available on the Farming Connect website, as well as the application form and detailed terms and conditions.

They include tours to study grassland management, calf rearing and even snail farming.

All expenses will have to be paid by the farmer first before being claimed back afterwards.

Einir Davies, development and mentoring manager with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to see at first-hand how some of the most successful businesses in Europe operate.

“What you learn will not only affect the way you run your business, but the knowledge will also be shared with the wider industry in Wales through Farming Connect.”