Fancy a trip to Australia? What if you could improve your sheep shearing skills in New Zealand, work on one of the 2.2 million farms operating in the USA, or simply be able to get stuck into a research project here in the UK?
Whatever your interest, it could become a reality as Farmers Guardian joins forces with The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund, as it launches a new scholarship to help young people progress in farming.
A dairy farmer’s daughter, Louise worked for Farmers Guardian since 2013 and joined the publication after completing an agriculture degree at Newcastle University.
Hailing from Bashell Eaves, Clitheroe, Lancashire, she passed away on July 1 this year (2016) after a short but incredibly brave battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer.
A leading member of Clitheroe Young Farmers, she was regularly involved with Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders Club and showcased a talent for stockjudging and showing cattle, inspired by her family – parents John and Sarah, brother Ben and sister Bridget.
Organisations and individuals from within the farming community, along with external groups and individuals who knew her, began raising money to help fund pioneering treatment she received at The Christie Hospital in Manchester.
The donations continued and the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund was launched after she sadly departed.
Continuing her special legacy, the Hartley family now wish to help a young person with an interest in livestock farming, a sector Louise felt very passionate about.
Alongside the official fund, Farmers Guardian and Norbrook Genetics are also donating, and £2,000 is up for grabs to advance an individual’s career or develop new skills.
Ben, who works in partnership with his dad, says: “We are looking for somebody who wants to further their knowledge about livestock farming.
“We want them to enjoy the experience and the money used could be used to travel, gain knowledge, facilitate work experience or conduct their own research over here in the UK.
“Louise liked going to shows and learning about people and places. We just want to help somebody look into the future of farming and help them in their career. Louise would really want as many people as possible to apply.”
Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 and have a keen interest in livestock farming. An application must be completed before shortlisting takes place in February next year.
Successful applicants will be invited to an interview, where they can discuss their idea further with our judging panel, made up of Farmers Guardian editor Ben Briggs, owner of Norbrook Genetics and dairy farmer Philip Halhead and two members of the Hartley family.
The closing date for applications is Friday, February 9, 2017. To apply, visit www.fginsight.com/louise
Farmers Guardian has developed a new online hub to remember Louise, which is now available to view. Containing some of her practical livestock features and videos, alongside other content relating to the raft of fundraising which took place following her diagnosis, and more recent articles we have ran over the last few months which are attributed to her.
For more information, visit www.fginsight.com/louise