Spalding and North Holland young farmers on study tour

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Two young farmers from south Lincolnshire were part of a study tour to the Netherlands.

Lauren Hladun and Harry Lombardi were in a group of 30 young farmers who went on the trip to broaden their knowledge of agricultural techniques and methods in different countries.

Lauren grew up on an arable farm at Frampton Fen and is studying for a degree in agriculture at The University of Nottingham. She is currently on work placement, gaining an insight into the pork supply chain.

While Lauren belongs to North Holland YFC, Harry, a local shepherd and sheep shearer, is a member of the Spalding club.

The study tour, supported by Defra and organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, included visits to Nutreco’s swine and ruminant feed research facilities in Boxmeer, a robotic dairy farm in the south of the country and Agrocare’s tomato production site in Rilland. The itinerary also allowed time for sightseeing in Amsterdam.

Lauren said: “As a young entrant in the industry, it was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into agricultural production in a different country. The highlight for me was visiting the swine research centre.”

Harry said: “It was great to meet other young farmers and learn about sectors of the industry I wasn’t familiar with. YFC really does provide some brilliant opportunities for young people like myself, and I would really encourage anyone with similar interests to find their local club.”