A new biennial poultry meat Nuffield farming scholarship has been launched by the Nuffield Poultry Study Group to encourage individuals within the sector to undertake new research and innovation.

Funded by the three global genetics companies, Aviagen, Cobb and Hubbard Breeders, the £10,000 award is open to any UK resident between the age of 22 and 45 who has spent at least two years working in the poultry meat sector.

Launched at the British Pig and Poultry Fair, the Poultry Meat scholarship will enable successful candidates to travel widely and study topics of specific interest to the sector.

The Nuffield programme is also intended to nurture the leaders and innovators of the future and help advance careers in the agricultural industry.

“Agriculture is a global business and this scholarship sets up the ideal environment for people with a passion to develop new ideas and opportunities that can be taken from all corners of the globe,” said Poultry Study Group chairman, Steve Pritchard.

“We expect scholars to return from their studies with new thinking, thought-provoking solutions and innovative practices that can be applied for the benefit of themselves and their industry.”

British Poultry Council chairman, John Reed, added that the Nuffield programme had benefited the egg sector over the years, with scholars bringing innovative ideas back to the sector. He hoped the same would be the case with poultry meat.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2012. For more information go online.

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