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Scottish young farmers enjoy a taste of France

A tour of Massey Ferguson’s tractor manufacturing facilities in Beauvais and a first-hand look at the country’s farming were highlights of a four-day trip to France for 16 members of Scotland’s Mid Deeside and Vale of Alford Young Farmers Clubs.

“We couldn’t quite believe the sheer size of the Beauvais site,” remarks Rachael Reid, club secretary for Mid Deeside Young Farmers. “It was great to see the factory at work – the organisational system that is in place is something to be admired. We were able to see how all the parts are put together and the different stages in the process of creating a tractor.”

After a full day at the factory and a visit to the magnificent Beauvais cathedral, next stop was a tour of two local farms – a livestock enterprise, which also grew orchard fruit, and a dairy farm. The group also got to sample some of the produce including delicious apple and pear cider. “Although the farming practices were quite similar to ours, the farms were much larger, the machinery was bigger and there were little differences throughout in how everything was done,” says Rachael.

The trip was rounded off by a visit to Paris and an excursion aboard an open-top bus – not the warmest place be in the winter but they did get the best view of all the famous sights.

We learnt so much more about Massey Ferguson and the process of building a tractor and got to witness farming in France,” adds Rachael. “We really can’t thank enough the MF staff and the farmers who welcomed us to France and treated us to a great visit. We would highly recommend any YFC considering an international trip to go for it!”

“It was great to see the factory at work – the organisational system that is in place is something to be admired.”