Meat Scholarship Association celebrates landmark year

Members of the Welsh red meat sector are being called upon to apply for a potentially life- and career-changing experience. 

The £3,000 scholarship on offer will enable the successful applicant to go on a global fact-finding mission designed to benefit the industry and will give them access to the exclusive Scholarship Association as the body enters its 20th year.

Farmers, butchers, processors, or anyone with a passion for the sector are being encouraged to apply for the programme, which closes for applications on Monday, 19 June.

Organised by Hybu Cig Cymru - Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) since 2003, more than 30 people have taken part in the scholarship scheme during its 20-year lifespan. Past participants have travelled to far-flung places including New Zealand and South America to explore all aspects of meat production. Investigations have included genetic improvement in sheep, attitudes of mutton, and beef breeding.

More recently, award-winning butcher Peter Rushforth (pictured, second to right), visited America to explore charcuterie production.

“We are pleased to offer the scholarship to members of the Welsh red meat industry again this year, and are looking forward to celebrating the 20th year of the Scholarship Association,” said James Ruggeri, HCC’s industry development executive.

“We’d love to hear from farmers, butchers or anyone working in the processing sector, as they would be eligible to apply for this opportunity. All they need to do is identify an interesting topic they feel is worthy of investigation and research, pick a relevant country to conduct the study, and consider how it can be applied to or is relevant to red meat production here in Wales.

“In return, the scholarship scheme will arm you with a new set of skills and information to boost your own business and broaden your horizons. Consider yourself a perfect candidate if you have drive, ambition and the industry’s development at heart.”

To celebrate the scholarship, an event will be hosted on-farm by a previous winner, which will be attended by all HCC scholars, many of whom have become well renowned in their field.

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