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The clock is ticking for Welsh red meat sector professionals to apply for a £3,000 scholarship to fund a global fact-finding mission.  

Farmers, butchers, processors or anyone passionate about beef and lamb has until Monday (19 June) to apply with a worthy topic for investigation to Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) Meat Promotion Wales.

The scholarship money is available to cover subsistence scholars while travelling overseas, with scholars also gaining membership of the HCC Scholarship Association, a group of past scholars who can provide networking support and advice ahead of travel arrangements being made. 

To apply

  • Complete the application form on the HCC website;  or contact 01970 625 050.
  • Shortlisted candidates will discuss with a panel why their topic is relevant for the Welsh red meat industry.
  • A written report must be presented to HCC and local farmer groups.

Lasting four to six weeks, the trips have benefited more than 30 people in a 20-year period and taken people as far as South America and New Zealand.

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HCC’s industry development executive, James Ruggeri, said: “We would 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.”