Nuffield Farming Scholarship sponsored by the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

11 December 2018

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is very proud to continue supporting the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust as part of our strategy to support the next generation. The trust is an organisation that awards individuals life changing opportunities, with a view to developing agricultural sector leaders and innovators of the future.

The latest of our Nuffield scholars to complete their scholarships is Iwan Vaughan, with his chosen topic Sustainable Protein Feeding for the UK Dairy Industry.

Iwan grew up on the family farm at Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant and always knew his future would be within the agricultural industry.  His interest and passion for ruminant nutrition came as the first mixer wagon arrived on farm in 2005 and he started to consider how to make the most of the home grown forage to increase output from the milking herd.

Iwan studied Agriculture with Animal Science at Aberystwyth University from 2007-2010, and upon graduating started working for Wynnstay Group PLC as a Sales representative. He completed a Diploma in Ruminant Nutrition at Harper Adams University and now works as a Dairy Specialist.

As part of his Nuffield scholarship Iwan explored the avenues of what protein sources can be grown on farm, and how we can have better utilisation of protein with grassland and alternative sources of sustainable protein for the future such as insect and algae.

Iwan has had the opportunity to travel to many countries during his study, starting in the UK and the Netherlands, Ireland, Dubai, then venturing further afield to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Iwan Vaughan presenting the findings of his Nuffield study to members at the RWAS Council Meeting

A copy of Iwan's report can be seen on the Nuffield International website:

All Nuffield Scholars work within the farming, food, horticulture or rural sectors and during their 18 month long studies will undertake their research project in their area of interest. They will receive a bursary to encourage them to travel for at least eight weeks, allowing them the opportunity to study practices used abroad and at home.

“The society is committed to encouraging and supporting education and research within the agriculture and land based industries in Wales. Our continued investment in young people is a key part of our future strategy.” says Steve Hughson, Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Chief Executive.

“Providing the bursary and opportunity for an individual to become a Nuffield Farming Scholar ensures that our rural industries continue to improve and benefit from their research and learning.”

“We would like to thank Iwan for his detailed, informative and thought-provoking presentation to council and wish him the best of luck in the future.”

To find out more about the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust and about applying for a scholarship in the future, please visit Applications for 2019 scholars open on the 1st January.