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 with the largest feed business in Europe.

What you will experience

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Working as a Pig Placement Scholar you’ll have the opportunity to gain in depth knowledge across the company through four key areas of our pig business;

  • Marketing department
  • Technical department
  • Young Animal Feed team
  • Customer supply chain and key accounts

When working in each department you’ll meet and work with different team leaders whilst being line managed and mentored by ForFarmers Young Animal Feed specialist and previous scholar.

Throughout your time with us you’ll 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 to the developments in the pig industry.

What we’re looking for

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.

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

The details

Salary and Scholarship

A paid placement year of £18,000, 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.

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.


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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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.

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 Trainee 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 Trainee 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!” 

Members of the ForFarmers team

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Craig Saunders - 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.” 

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Wes Udall - Young Animal Feed Specialist and Pig Scholarship Supervisor

“The scholarship with ForFarmers provides you with the ideal opportunity to work in a critical part of the agricultural supply chain.

As someone who experienced the ForFarmers Scholarship during my time at Harper Adams and now has the privilege of managing the pig scholarship students that we take on, I can testify that ForFarmers offers a diverse and holistic placement with great future career prospects.

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

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.