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Silver Fern Farms has launched their search for the “future stars” of the red meat industry, with applications opening for the Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships and the Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme.

Since 2017, Silver Fern Farms has invested $130,000 to further the careers of young people through Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships, and has also placed nine young people in roles around the business in the Graduate Career Programme.

Co-operative chief executive Simon Limmer says the Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships and the Graduate Career Programme reiterates the commitment Silver Fern Farms has to developing young people and their careers.

“It is an exciting time to be kicking off a career in the red meat industry and I believe that Silver Fern Farms is perfectly positioned to give young people the best opportunities to grow their knowledge and capabilities through our two key programmes.

“Our vision is to become the world's most successful and sustainable grass-fed red meat company.

“We are committed to our sustainability goals and through the programmes we support emerging talent in the sector, which is vital to developing relationships that will strengthen our industry.”

The two programmes offer opportunities for young people at different stages in their career.

The Youth Scholarship programme will award six winners from across the country $5000 for those embarking on a career in the food or farming industry.

Applications opened on May 10 for people wanting to develop their careers in the sector, with interests in red meat, food production, agriculture, food marketing, marketing and sales, finance, innovation, research and development, food processing, sustainability, cooking and food technology.

The Silver Fern Farms Graduate Career Programme is designed to help young people kick-start their dream career in the global food industry.

“A career at Silver Fern Farms could take graduates almost anywhere they could want to go,” Mr Limmer said.

“Through structured learning, hands-on projects, continuous feedback and supportive colleagues, the Graduate Career Programme gives graduates the chance to grow and have impact in their chosen area. Applications for that also opened on May 10.”

Visit silverfernfarms.com for information about both opportunities. Applications close on Wednesday, June 2 at 5pm.