Butchers can now process pork, but only for supply to supermarkets and other retailers.
On offer are one postgraduate and up to three undergraduate scholarships for students specialising in pig husbandry and pig production.
David Baines, general manager of New Zealand Pork, says New Zealand’s pork industry is world-leading in animal health and welfare and farming practices.
“There are exciting opportunities to work in this relatively small, but proud and passionate industry that feeds millions of Kiwis every year.
“We want to support research and top young talent to enter the industry and join our commitment to remaining the best pork producers in the world.”
The postgraduate scholarship offers $4,000 for one academic year. To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a master's degree or PhD with a thesis topic in an area relating to pigs and relevant to the New Zealand pork industry, including pig production, husbandry, health and welfare and processing of pork and pork products.
The undergraduate scholarship offers $500 to $1500 for a single academic year, depending on the number of applicants, and supports students who want to undertake a practical placement on a commercial New Zealand pig farm as part of their course requirements.
To be eligible, applicants must be pursuing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Animal Science, or Bachelor of Veterinary Science degree at Massey University. Applicants must be undertaking a minimum of two weeks practical work/placement on a commercial pig farm.
Applications close 10 March.