THERE'S a chance for people to enjoy a travel experience.

Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has opened its travel scholarship for applications - and the hunt for the 2023 scholarship winner is now on.

Open to anyone above the age of 18 working in the red meat sector in Wales, the HCC Scholarship awards engaged and enthusiastic individuals with a scholarship worth £4,000 to study an aspect of red meat production or processing anywhere in the world.

Previous scholars have included academics, farmers, butchers, processors and new entrants to the industry with topics studied ranging from pasture crop utilization and selective breeding to improving cost of production and international beef grading systems.

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Scholars can choose to study any topic within the red meat supply chain, providing benefit to themselves as individuals and the wider industry also.

Study trips can last up to six weeks and scholars are expected to write a scholarship report and share their findings with the wider industry upon their return.

James Ruggeri, HCC’s industry development executive, said: "HCC’s Scholarship has been running for over 20 years and provides an unrivalled opportunity for anyone involved in the red meat industry in Wales to study an aspect of the sector in any part of the world.

"France, New Zealand, the USA and Chile are just a handful of destinations where HCC Scholars have travelled to in recent years.

"Unlike other scholarships, there is no upper age limit on the HCC Scholarship.

"We are looking for ambitious individuals who are committed to improving their own understanding whilst also playing a part in developing the industry as a whole."

Last year's HCC scholar Charlie Cooper-Harding, a new entrant into the farming sector, has recently come back from his scholarship trip to Chile and south America, where he studied beef industry productivity and perceptions.

Charlie said: "I would like to encourage anyone thinking of applying for this scholarship to do so.

"This is an amazing opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to study a topic of your interest. I have personally got so much out of the experience and have made contacts for life."

To apply for the scholarship, interested individuals should fill out the application form on the HCC website, this will be followed by an interview for short-listed candidates.

The application window is open until 5pm on Friday, April 28.