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British Wool announces Elis Ifan Jones as the Wales winner of development programme.

Elis Ifan Jones from Llanddeiniolen, Caernarfon, who is studying a BTEC Level 3 Agriculture course at Coleg Glynllifon has been announced as the winner of British Wool’s new Training & Development programme.

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 would be a second machine shearing course. The development aspect would give Elis 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 months programme, the four UK winners will also visit British Wool’s Bradford head office and wool grading depot as well as a scouring plant, following the wool supply chain process.

Elis stated -

“My best achievement to date is shearing 160 sheep in a day, I’ve always wanted to better myself and improve my skills - I believe that I am now ready to move to the next level in my shearing development. The Lister Shearing prize package offered in the competition is fantastic which includes so many handy pieces of equipment that I don’t yet own.”

Elis concluded:

“I believe shearing is a great opportunity to meet new people by visiting other farms and for socialising too. There’s always plenty of fun to be had as well as all the sweat and hard work!”

Congratulations Elis, we are very proud of your achievement.

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