Scientists at Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are inviting young farmers in Wales to play a part in cutting edge agricultural research projects.
The aim is to engage young people in research that could be of benefit to them at farm level, while assisting the university conduct research of wider value to the industry.
“We are looking to work closely with YFC members to enhance their skill set, as well as enabling them to understand and then adopt some cutting edge methods resulting from our research in agriculture and its allied industries,” says Dr Hefin Williams a lecturer on the agricultural environment at IBERS.
The initiative’s first project involves liver fluke -- one of the biggest problems facing the UK livestock industry and estimated to cost £300 million annually -- and rumen fluke, an emerging problem in the UK with information on its prevalence in Wales very scarce.
To progress the project IBERS scientists are now seeking farms to take part in the study through a questionnaire, a faecal egg count test for livestock and a free assessment of mud snail habitats on the farm to identify high risk infection areas for livestock.
Backing the initiative, Ceri Davies, Wales YFC rural affairs chairman, said: “We are pleased to be working with scientists at the world recognised Aberystwyth University and the opportunity to make good use of the latest research to equip us as the next generation of farmers in Wales.”