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British Wool enhances young farmers exclusive training offer

British Wool and the Young Farmers Clubs have enjoyed a strong relationship and collaborated in many different areas over the years including the Young Farmers Clubs (YFC) training offer. 

This will be the sixth year British Wool and YFC have worked together and this year the training offer for young farmers has been extended. In previous years, British Wool offered young farmers an opportunity to attend a beginner shearing course if this was a first-time course.  This year this exclusive offer has been extended to include all young farmers, regardless of level and how many courses they have previously attended. A young farmer can benefit from 50% off British Wool Shearing Courses for the duration of their membership. This offer includes participation in both machine and blade shearing courses. These courses will be over two days, covering all the essential aspects of achieving a successful shearing season including the use of shearing equipment and hands-on shearing practice to develop your technique.

The exclusive price YFC members will pay for this training offer is £100 plus £20 VAT – the normal cost for this course would be £200 plus £40 VAT. This offer is valid for YFC members registering before 31st March 2024.

Excellent fleece presentation is key in ensuring wool is presented correctly and to a high standard.  British Wool is extending its training offer for YFC members to participate in its wool handling course. This one-day course will be delivered by a competitive wool handler at a discounted price of only £50 plus £10 VAT – the normal cost for this course is £60 plus £12 VAT.

Richard Schofield, Shearing Manager at British Wool, said: “We are once again delighted to be working with NFYFC in extending our training offer to all young farmers.  Supporting the training and development of the next generation of shearers is important to us at British Wool and we feel very proud in the quantity and quality of shearers and wool handlers we have her in the UK and We look forward to welcoming young farmers onto our courses once again this year and encourage any interested YFC member to contact the NFYFC before the 31st March closing date.”

NFYFC Chair Rosie Bennett said: “The British Wool discount is an amazing offer for members of Young Farmers’ Clubs. We are proud to be working with British Wool and helping to improve the shearing standards.

“It’s important to NFYFC to ensure everyone in our national final has a Blue Seal qualification and it’s even better news that anyone can take part in the training, regardless of their experience in the industry.”

Eloise Moulton (19) of Stranraer and Rhins YFC who partook in a shearing course last year:

 "I went on the course having had only one experience in hand shearing and was a bit worried about trying electric shears, but truly enjoyed it. I had a great experience with some great advice from the instructors on the course. I now shear our sheep with electric and have been asked to shear for our neighbours with small holdings as well. The course gave me a lot of confidence but without the discount I wouldn't have been able to do it. So, I would like to thank British Wool and Young Farmers for the opportunity."

Cerys Pugh Brecknock YFC

The Wool board benefited me by allowing me to learn a new skill which would be of benefit in the future. With the discount, it helped to encourage more YFC members to take part.

To register your interest please contact:


Margaret Bennett

Tel: 02476 857216

[email protected]


Penny Montgomerie

Tel: 0131 333 2445 

[email protected]


Lee Pritchard

Tel: 01982 553502

[email protected]




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British Wool enhances young farmers exclusive training offer