Recent changes have seen a number of new members join the Society YDP committee, with Will Davis of the Usk Vale flock taking on the Welsh seat, David Chesnutt of the Bushmills flock joining to represent Northern Irish members and David McKerrow Jnr elected as the Scottish representative.
Duncan Mellin, Hullhouse, remains on the committee to represent northern England, with Jo Smith, Slapton, keeping her place representing southern England.
New committee member Will Davis says he hopes to help the committee expand the number and range of events organised for younger members and to help young breeders gain a more rounded understanding of the wider industry.
“Without the support, advice and encouragement of the Texel community, breeders past and present, young and old, I would not be where I am today. I would now like to be able to contribute to building a forward thinking Society, championing the community spirit that I have so valued to date and looking at new ways to help breeders young and old,” he added.
Meanwhile, David Chestnutt said he hopes to enable the YDP to continue to build on the excellent work already being done and bring his experience of working with the Northern Irish Young Texel Breeders Club to the committee. “There are a lot of young people associated with the Texel breed in a wide variety of ways, it is important we involve them all in the Society’s activities to ensure a sustainable future for the breed and the Society,” explained David.
Existing committee member Duncan Mellin said he greatly values the friendships and experiences he has gained from his involvement with the Texel breed and is looking forward to continuing to help younger breeders gain invaluable knowledge and experience as well as support from fellow members.
Southern England committee member Jo Smith added that she hoped the YDP committee would be able to offer a broad range of activities for younger members and breeders in future. “There are great opportunities, particularly at a local club level to expand the range of events and activities for younger breeders and I look forward to working with the committee to develop these.”
North of the border, Fife-based David McKerrow Jnr of the Nochnary and Kettle flocks has been elected to the committee following the recent election.
David said he was looking forward to working with the rest of the YDP committee to build on previous successes and develop the YDP for the benefit of all young people with an interest in the breed on both a pedigree and commercial front.
“I am looking forward to interacting with the young breeders in Scotland and getting their views and ideas on how they would like to see the breed and the Society move forward.”
In addition to these changes to the YDP committee the Society’s technical support and administration assistant will be acting as secretary to the committee to help draw together and develop initiatives for the benefit of younger members.