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September 30, 2013

Elanco Shows Support for Scottish Young Farmers



Elanco Animal Health has been showing its support for young farmers in Scotland through sponsoring major events in the calendar of the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Club (SAYFC). The sponsorship has meant that many young farmers have been able to take part in some of Scotland’s most prominent agricultural competitions throughout the year, which are a highlight for many members of the SAYFC.

With over 80 clubs spanning Scotland, from as far North as Orkney to the Borders and Dumfries & Galloway in the South, the SAFYC provides education and social opportunities for thousands of young people in rural Scotland. This year, the Highland, Grampian and East rallies, along with the prestigious Stockmanship Programme at Royal Highland Show, received Elanco’s sponsorship and support.

Graeme Crawford, Elanco Scottish Area Business Manager, explains why helping young farmers is so important to Elanco, “There’s no doubt that farming is a tough industry and we believe the only way to fully support producers is by providing continuous education and opportunities, beginning with the younger generation. The activities of the SAYFC are essential to rural life and the future of the farming in Scotland and Elanco is delighted to be able to sponsor participation in these significant events.”

The rallies and events involve many varied rural pursuits and competitions; from tug-of-war and other sports to baking and arts and crafts. For young farmers, the most important competition is the Stockmanship Programme at Royal Highland Show. Members of the SAYFC dedicate months to preparing for the competition in which they have to demonstrate their stock-judging skills for both sheep and cattle. The events this year drew thousands of visitors and participants from across the country, uniting rural communities and showcasing top-class agricultural expertise.

Penny Montgomerie, CEO of the SAYFC is proud to be able to work with Elanco, “Our partnership is invaluable in allowing our members the opportunity to participate in competitions that contribute to their ongoing personal development. The Stockmanship Programme at the Royal Highland Show is one of the pinnacle events in our yearly calendar. The skill and dedication that goes into practising, along with the association of Elanco, means winning a trophy comes with great prestige.”

For further information contact Elanco Animal Health, Lilly House, Priestley Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9NL, Tel 01256 353131, Fax 01256 779510 Email elancouk@lilly.com.

Picture: Kyle Campbell stock judging cattle Section.