Placement students

ForFarmers Pig Industry Scholarship

In Partnership with:

Harper Adams University

Get a head start in your career in the pig industry

The pig industry is dynamic and fast growing, ambitious, and progressive. Working in partnership with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), ForFarmers is offering a scholarship to a second year degree student, or a first year foundation degree student studying; agriculture, animal sciences and/or food production, wanting to gain experience in the UK Pig industry.

Interested in becoming a Key Account Manager?

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Looking to understand what it’s like to work in the Animal Feed Industry? 

Are you ambitious and hardworking, with a desire to learn about the complete supply chain? 

Then ForFarmers would like to hear from you.

ForFarmers is looking for a Pig industry scholarship student for the year 2023-24. We seek someone with an open mind who is keen to try something different within the agricultural supply chain, and perhaps in a new sector of the agricultural industry – Pigs!

Don’t worry, whilst previous experience in the pig industry may be an advantage 
we are also looking to attract students from outside the pig industry.

Your placement year

Your placement year with ForFarmers will involve you learning all about our company through a variety of departments, ensuring you walk away with a well-rounded understanding of our industry. 

When working in each department you will meet and work with different team leaders, from our technical team to marketing, customer supply chain, and many more. 

Throughout your time with us you will be a key member of our team, having responsibilities for project work and leading on certain tasks within the team.

The projects you will be involved in will build on your theory knowledge gained at University, and will give you a commercial perspective on the developments in the pig industry. Whilst you work with departments around the business you will have projects that last the whole year whilst you are with us.

We will also be able to help with the setup and development of your dissertation in collaboration with us, providing you with a good base for your return to Harper to complete your final year.

You will be supported along the way by our friendly team, including our previous scholars. 

As well as the paid placement year you will receive £4,500 in your second year as a scholarship towards your studies as well as the potential for this to also be awarded in your final year based on your placement performance.

The details

Salary and Scholarship

  • £4,500 in the second year
  • £18,000 salary during the placement year 
  • The potential for an extra £4,500 in the final year, based on the success of the placement


Placement Location

Our head office at Bury St Edmunds, with plenty of opportunities to visit our office sites and on farm. All travel expenses are paid.

Placement length

12 months fixed term.

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What to do next?

If you would like to apply for the ForFarmers pig industry scholarship, then please prepare a CV and covering letter and submit them by following the instructions provided by the Development Trust.

We look forward to reviewing your applications.

Investing in knowledge

We continuously invest in our employees’ knowledge in order to be the perfect partner for agricultural entrepreneurs. We, therefore, don’t just sell feed, but intensively work together with our customers and provide expert advice.


We are ambitious, there are plenty of possibilities for talented and passionate people to join us, irrespective of your current knowledge of pigs. We set the bar high with our international knowledge, our innovative and sustainable Total Feed solutions, and management tools. After all, this is what allows farmers to realise their objectives and reach ours.

Proud of our team spirit

Our culture is open, professional, and enterprising. We are very proud of the agricultural sector and our team spirit. We are dedicated to developing future generations of talent who want to commit to For the Future of Farming.

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Our previous placement students

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Emily Morgan – Previous Placement Student and now Pig Account Manager.

“Having had no previous pig experience, the ForFarmers Pig placement was a great opportunity to try something new. The placement has given me a unique insight into how forward-thinking and data-driven the UK Pig Industry is, and as such I’m looking forward to learning more in my new role as a Pig Account Manager. 

The ForFarmers Pig placement is a fantastic opportunity to see and understand the full supply chain from start to finish. It offers a balance between office tasks and time on farm whilst giving you every opportunity to make the role your own. The ForFarmers Pig team are friendly and supportive giving you the confidence and support to exceed.

As can be seen by three placement students returning to graduate roles, the ForFarmers placement provides real opportunity to progress your career in a role which is suited to your passion.”

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Sian Southwell - Previous Placement Student and now ForFarmers Retail Account Manager

“As Europe’s leading animal feed manufacturer, with a key presence in the agricultural industry, ForFarmers placement scheme provided an invaluable opportunity. Coming from a non-farming background, I had little knowledge of the pig industry, but this soon developed into a passion during my placement. I gained a real insight working with different ForFarmers teams including finance, customer services, on farm sales and operations at the mill. This not only expanded my skills but put me in good stead for my return to ForFarmers. 

After graduating from Harper Adams University, I re-joined ForFarmers in January 2020 as a Retail Account Manager, predominantly looking after our more traditional farmers to find ways to improve our service and offering to this segment. Applying for the ForFarmers scholarship was the best decision I made, and to be able move around the business makes this placement unique and more of a reason to apply to ForFarmers!” 

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Craig Saunders - UK Pig Sales Director

“Agriculture is an increasingly exciting career for young people. Given ForFarmers’ unique position in the agricultural supply chain, we offer a different perspective on the industry and scholars can gain experience in both pig nutrition and the pig industry. 

This robust programme allows the scholar to work with both large- and small-scale farmers, with very different systems, and gain a high level of technical knowledge.” 

How to apply 

If you’re ambitious, enthusiastic and up for a challenge then ForFarmers wants to hear from you.

If you would like to apply for the ForFarmers pig industry scholarship, then please prepare a CV and covering letter and submit them by following the instructions provided by the Development Trust.