Mole Valley Farmers Alternative Feeds Trader scoops National Award
Alternative Feeds Trader, Becky Hewlett, has received the Centenary Award from the NFU Mutual
Charitable Trust to support her Masters in Ruminant Nutrition at Harper Adams University.
Becky is one of three students to be awarded this year, receiving a bursary for 75% of her course fees. She is also being supported by Mole Valley Farmers. She will be undertaking her studies over the next two years, alongside her day job as an Alternative Feeds Trader.
Becky - whose family farm in Westbury-on-Severn - believes a greater understanding of ruminant nutrition will complement her extensive knowledge of the feed markets. The course is part of her development within Mole Valley Farmers and will provide her with the skills to support farmers out on farm in the long-run.
Becky says: “Obviously a lot of things are changing at the moment; farmers are under increasing pressure to run sustainable, high welfare systems, whilst costs are on the rise. Having this extra knowledge will mean I’m able to provide more advice to help their businesses into the future.”
She adds: “It is a real honour to have NFU Mutual supporting my postgraduate studies. Science underpins all research into animal diets; it is integral to developing new feeds and ways of feeding livestock.
“Innovative technology - some of which has not been invented yet - must be embraced so that farming can keep pace with modern expectations and increasing demand.”
For more information about the Centenary Award, please visit www.nfumutual.co.uk. Speak to Becky on 01566 780261 or email [email protected]