Youth Development

The YDP Programme 


The Society Board has been carefully developing a combination of Youth initiatives since 2009. The aim of which has been to ensure a long term legacy is created that supports and retains enthusiastic and dedicated young people within the Society, as well as to attract new young breeders.

Whilst the Society, supported by its Club structure, continues to create many opportunities and has attracted young breeders since 1974. The Board supports national initiatives, and as such has relied on clubs to manage local initiatives, that have included stock judging at local shows etc.

Helping to drive change and innovate on behalf of this important sector of the Membership remains an important priority for us.

2016 Regional Committee Election Results 

Area C -East and South East of England, Central South England & West of England 




 Number of Votes

Ms. Katie Hobbs




Ms. Johanna Smith




Ms. Charlotte Watkins


















The Society Youth Develpoment Programme comprises of ... 

  • Four Student Educational achievement awards of £250 each. (£1000) awarded to students attending Greenmount, Northern Ireland - SRUC, Scotland - Aberystwyth University, Wales and Harper Adams, England
  • Conference & Seminar attendance support grants
  • YDP Stock Judging competitions at events 
  • Novice Flock Ram Lamb Classes at the Society's National Shows & Sales
  • Young Handlers Class at the Royal Welsh Show 
  • Support of the Northern Ireland Texel Young Breeders Class at the Royal Ulster Show


Research and Education Publication 

> Open and read online