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British Wool announces Duncan as the Scotland winner of development programme

Duncan McDiarmid from Perthshire has been announced as the winner of British Wool’s new Training & Development programme.

Member of Aberfeldy Young Farmers, Duncan, aged 17 lives on the family farm, which lies on the banks of Loch Tay. The family shear their own sheep on the farm and now it is the turn of Duncan to gain the skills required to help out.

The new British Wool Shearing Training & Development Programme was launched earlier this year which offers one winner from each UK nation the opportunity of winning 12 months of training as well as a Lister Shearing prize package worth £500.

At the beginning of the 12 month programme, the training aspect will include attending a British Wool machine shearing course, followed by a gear course, a wool handling course and completing the programme with a second machine shearing course. The development aspect would give Duncan the opportunity to get advice from experienced British Wool shearing instructors and also, depending on availability and shearing ability, the opportunity to gain on farm experience working with a shearing contractor. During the 12 month programme, the four UK winners will also visit British Wool’s head office and wool grading depot in Yorkshire as well as a scouring plant, to follow the wool supply chain process.

On the announcement of becoming the Scotland winner, Duncan said: “I am delighted and feel very proud to be given this opportunity by British Wool. It has always been important to me to go on a British Wool shearing course to be trained by a professional as we shear all of our own sheep here on the family farm.

“During the shearing season last year, I started learning with hand shears under the instruction of my Dad and then moved onto machine shearing. The training programme will really help me to improve my skills and give me good foundations for the future of my shearing career.”

Duncan continues: “I am looking forward to learning more about the presentation of wool through the wool handling course and following the wool supply chain to find out more about the work involved behind the end uses for British wool.”

Richard Schofield, Shearing Manager, British Wool said: “On behalf of British Wool I congratulate Duncan on his achievement in winning this competition in Scotland. The standard of entries were extremely high and it was clear to see Duncan’s passion for shearing and in wanting to further develop his existing knowledge and skills.”

Duncan concluded: “I would like to thank British Wool, Lister Shearing and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs for presenting this fantastic opportunity to provide me with skills essential for sheep animal welfare.”

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British Wool announces Duncan as the Scotland winner of development programme Duncan McDairmid, 17, winner of Scotland's Training & Development Programme