Two representatives from the pig industry are among the 19 2019 Nuffield Scholars announced by The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust (NFST) at its annual conference, which this year took place in Glasgow at the end of November.
Heidi Hall, from near York, is Anpario’s global technical manager for swine. She has been awarded a scholarship, generously supported by The John Oldacre Foundation to study ‘The Power of the Microbiome to produce Happy, Healthy Pigs’.
Chris Harraphas been generously supported by The John Oldacre Foundation with his topic ‘Tourism/education diversification for pig farms – can indoor housing be made visually pleasing to the uninformed public, to encourage engagement?’. He comes from Holmfirth, West Yorkshire and is Estate Manager for J&E Dickenson.
Mike Vacher, Nuffield director, said: “UK agriculture is entering a period of unprecedented change, environmentally, socially and politically. Our 2019 scholars were selected from a strong set of applicants for their ability to lead positive change in farming, food, horticulture and other rural sectors, as well as their potential to inspire others during their scholarships and beyond.
“Their scholarships will allow scholars to devote time to their particular subject while drawing on the Nuffield network which will put them in touch with world class experts in their chosen subjects. This is only possible due to bursary funding from NFST’s generous sponsors.”
Mr Vacher added: “We have a diverse range of study topics this year and, on behalf of the Trust, I’d like to wish the 2019 Scholars the very best of luck. I know that they have the ability to help British agriculture develop and thrive in a new challenging chapter.”