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Finding the stars of the future: Cogent calls on next generation to take the spotlight

Ever wondered what life is like as a Sire Analyst?

That's the question Cogent Breeding is asking young cattle breeding enthusiasts as they offer them the chance to take part in the Cogent Futures programme 2016.

The programme is now in its sixth year and is open to all budding geneticists aged 16 - 26. It aims to give participants a taste of life as a Sire Analyst and provides a comprehensive introduction to genetics and breeding.

As part of the experience, candidates will be given the chance to visit a range of dairy herds throughout the UK and will be assessed on their ability to select potential bull mothers and match these cows to a suitable sire.

Cogent's Andrew Holliday with last year's finalists Andrew Patterson, Tom Hull, Scott McLean and Carys Jones.

The highest scoring candidate will receive an elite embryo package consisting top quality Holstein embryos and travel to Holland where, they will visit a number of farms to gain an insight into the country's latest breeding strategies and dairy cattle genetics.

Owain Harries, Cogent's Genetic Procurement Manager, said: "The Cogent Futures programme is a wonderful opportunity for budding geneticists, sire analysts and devotees of cattle breeding to learn vital skills and get a true taste of genetics.  The competition is now in its sixth year and I have seen it go from strength to strength. The Futures programme offers a real opportunity for participants to shape both their own futures and the future of cattle breeding."

For the chance to take part, contact Charlotte Cope on 01829 773473 or Alternatively, application forms can be downloaded HERE.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2016