Tertiary students interested in a career in the dairy sector could get a financial boost and unique experience in the animal breeding industry thanks to a scholarship programme offered by CRV Ambreed.
The herd improvement company offers two scholarships each year; one to a Massey University undergraduate science student and one to a Lincoln University undergraduate science student.
Now in its sixth year, the scheme has contributed about $200,000 toward the education and development of its recipients.
The scholarship includes a trip to one of CRV’s international business units of the students’ choice in Czech Republic, Brazil, the USA or Holland to observe dairy systems in other parts of the world, plus $3,000 towards to the cost of the students’ tertiary studies. All up, the package is worth upwards of $15,000.
CRV Ambreed’s Research and Development Manager Phil Beatson said CRV Ambreed was proud to support the future stars of New Zealand’s dairy industry and it was an important initiative that the company would continue to invest in.
“The successful scholarship recipients to date have demonstrated a great attitude and the drive to make a positive contribution to the dairy industry in the future,” Beatson explains.
“We look for candidates with really good academic abilities who are in their second to last year of their undergraduate degree, and that are keen to develop a career in the dairy industry.
“Although dairy farming is undergoing a serious downturn at present, the long-term outlook for New Zealand dairy products is strong, and it is this long-term vision that CRV Ambreed wishes to invest in through support of outstanding young people,” he says.
Last year Massey University Masters graduate Nicole Steele and Lincoln University Honours graduate Peter West travelled to Holland as part of their scholarship. They spent time in the company’s head office in Arnhem learning about the artificial insemination (AI) industry and the work CRV is doing globally to develop herd management programmes for dairy farmers.
Steele says the experience widened her perspective and gave her a clearer direction for her career.
“Not only did I receive direct financial support towards my study costs, but the chance to travel internationally provided me an opportunity to experience a different way of farming, to make more contacts within the agricultural sector, and overall, to gain a global perspective on science and agriculture,” she says.
“I learnt so much about the dairy industry in Holland. It’s not seasonal like it is here – it’s year-round calving and year-round mating.
“We had the chance to speak with a wide range of people and I really enjoyed learning more about the work CRV is doing in research and innovation and genomics.”
The CRV Ambreed Scholarship was established in 2010 to support and encourage students with interests in animal husbandry, animal genetics, farm management and environmental sustainability to work in New Zealand’s dairy industry.
“[Its] an incredible opportunity and rates among students studying animal and agricultural science as the one of the most valuable scholarships on offer,” Steele says.
Students can apply for the scholarship through Lincoln University and Massey University’s scholarship offices. Applications close 30 April.