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YOUNG BREEDERS
HYB TRIP TO BATTICE,
BELGIUM 2009
A
fter five of the six members of
than the rest of us. After we had registered we were introduced to our
the team met up in Shropshire
calves, which were, to put it lightly, a little rough around the edges!
on Tuesday 1
st
September, we set of for
Work started straight away - our leaders were Quim Serrabassa and
the European Young Breeders School
Erica Rijneveld. The afternoon saw us get down to the business end,
in Battice, Belgium, accompanied
with our first round of Workshops we were given tuition in bedding
by Phil Arrell. The team consisted of
and washing. We then carried out these tasks followed by another
Andrew Holliday, Kathryn Butterfield,
workshop on feeding, watering and how to care for the calves correctly
Max Davies, Rachel Richardson, Izzy
at a show. Quim and Erica also explained the importance of the work
Whittaker and Lucy Hill.
that should be put in at home before entering a show, in terms of
Somewhere on the M25 we met Max,
growth and development of the animals, with the show only being a
and headed for Folkestone, where
shop window for this hard work. So with the calves washed, bedded,
Izzy was disappointed to find out that
fed and watered we had our first evening meal on the showground.
we wouldn’t be able to see fish in the
Lucy and Phil had warned the other members of the team that ham
channel tunnel!!
and cheese were at the top of the menu, and they weren’t wrong!
Tired and weary after a 14 hour drive
Thursday came with the first early morning. Arriving at 5.30am, we
we arrived at the showground and
cracked on with the morning chores of washing, bedding and feeding
awaited our hosts, and after a few
the calves. After a breakfast of ham and cheese sandwiches, we were
language barriers we managed to get
back to work with our next instalments of workshops on clipping,
to bed safe and sound for some well
showmanship, stockjudging and linear. In each of the workshops
needed sleep.
throughout the week we all managed to learn new techniques to put
Fresh faced and raring to go we
BELOW L to R Andrew Holliday, Lucy Hill, Max Davies, Rachel Richardson,
arrived at the show on Wednesday
morning. Izzy and Rachel were a bit
Izzy Whitaker and Kathryn Butterfield travelled to Belgium in early
over keen and arrived 3 hours earlier
September to represent the UK at the European Young Breeders School.
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