Cattle producer wins scholarship

A Manitoba farmer has earned a prestigious opportunity to study agriculture overseas.


The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust announced Dec. 12 that Clayton Robins, a cattle producer from Rivers, Man., is one of three Canadian Nuffield Scholarship winners, allowing him to carry out extensive research on an agricultural topic of his choice.


Robins, who is executive director of the 4-H Manitoba Council and a former research assistant at Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Brandon, will study forage feeding of cattle.


Specifically, the topic for his year of study will be “improving the performance of beef cattle by optimizing the intake of plant water soluble carbohydrates.”


Gayl Creutzberg and Vince Blake from Ontario were the other Canadian recipients.


Nuffield Scholarships are based in the United Kingdom and have associations in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Canadian recipients earn an opportunity to study a topic of interest in agriculture, food, horticulture or land management. 


Scholars are permitted to travel anywhere in the world, visiting one or more countries, to advance their area of research. They are awarded to people between the ages of 25 and 45.