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WCB Sponsored Nuffield Scholar tackles a challenging project

Published on: 24 November 2020

James MacCartney has just become the Butchers Company’s Nuffield 2021 Scholar. James, who manages a mixed farm with beef and sheep as well as a catering and retail business in Rutland in the East Midlands, was awarded the scholarship following an extremely demanding selection process. 

His scholarship project has the highly challenging subject ‘UK Red Meat production: how to win the battle for environmental sustainability in the mind of the consumer’

James graduated from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester before joining the family farming business. His catering and retail business involves marketing his own products and in a normal year he sells them under the ‘Raddleman’s’ brand name in Farmer’s markets in London and elsewhere.

James MacCartney, WCB's Nuffield Scholar 2021
James MacCartney, WCB's Nuffield Scholar 2021.

He’s a strong believer in selling his farm produce directly to the consumer, where possible. Although the catering business has not been able to operate since March due to the COVID-19 situation, he’s keen to build it up in the future as well as develop his farming enterprise. 

The Butchers’ Company sponsors Nuffield Scholarships through it educational charity. The scholarships provide a chance for enthusiastic individuals to travel and study a subject of their choice. WCB sponsors suitable candidates between the ages of 25 to 45 who are currently actively involved in the meat and livestock industry. They are required to spend time abroad on their project; they then produce a report and present their findings at the annual Nuffield Conference.’ 

Nuffield Scholars

The Worshipful Company of Butchers sponsors Nuffield Scholars because the Scheme has an excellent record of developing young people for leadership and greater responsibility in their respective companies / organisations or farming situations.

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