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HCC’s hunt for special scholars to mark association’s anniversary

May 23 2017

2017 is a significant year for red meat body, Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) as it celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Scholarship Association.

Every year, HCC offers ambitious and forward-thinking individuals in the red meat sector a scholarship of £3,000 to undertake a study tour anywhere in the world. And this year is no exception!

The search has started for the 2017 scholars who will automatically become the latest recruits of the Scholarship Association. Consisting of all past-winners, the members of this exclusive group have travelled as far as New Zealand and South America to look at varying aspects of red meat production, from genetic improvement in sheep, attitudes to mutton, beef breeding and charcuterie production. 

Later in the year, a celebratory event will be held, hosted on-farm by a previous Scholarship winner, brining together all HCC Scholars who have become respected industry mentors and ambassadors with a wealth of information and experiences under their belts.  

HCC’s Industry Development Executive, James Ruggeri said: “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 twentieth year of the Scholarship Association.

“If you’re a farmer, a butcher or in the processing sector, you are eligible to apply for this opportunity to work with us to drive the industry forward in the future by investigating a topic which 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!”

Sheep farmer and FUW President Glyn Roberts is a past winner of the Scholarship. He said: “I travelled to New Zealand in 2001 to look at the importance of efficiencies for a sustainable agricultural industry. It was an extremely insightful and interesting experience which I thoroughly enjoyed!  Visiting New Zealand opened my eyes to different ways of producing red meat more efficiently, which has broadened my horizons and benefitted my own farming business in Ysbyty Ifan. I would encourage anyone in the red meat sector to apply for a HCC Scholarship.” 

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