The Silcock Fellowship scheme, funded by the feed manufacturing family, has enabled three PhD Silcock Studentships in animal science over the past six years. The long-standing scheme and assists early career researchers through a generous donation from the Silcock family.

Carwyn Ellis, head of the Animal Production, Welfare and Veterinary Sciences department at Harper Adams University, says: “The Silcock Studentships have had a tremendous impact so far. Stephen Mansbridge has completed his PhD and has joined the lecturing staff of the university, in a role partly sponsored by Dairy Crest. Dr Gemma Charlton has been appointed as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and Isobel Whiting has just completed her PhD.

“The three researchers’ projects covered pig, poultry and dairy production and now we are looking to launch the next studentships, two over the next two years, for which colleagues will be invited to put topics forward as research supervisors. These recent successes build on the previous achievements of earlier Silcock Scholars in furthering their careers in animal and agricultural science.”

 Stephen Mansbridge

Stephen Mansbridge

Stephen Mansbridge, a studentship recipient, states: “I owe my thanks to the Silcock family for having the foresight to invest in the future of animal production. Their financial support was invaluable during my three years as a PhD student and I look forward to meeting the next candidates to benefit from the fund.”

Peter Duckworth is the stepson of the late Richard (Dick) Silcock, in whose memory the donation was made. “The Silcock family and trustees responsible for setting up the Silcock Fellowship are very pleased to hear of the progress made thanks to the fund. It means a great deal to us to hear about the impact the Fellowship is having,” he comments.

“Richard Silcock was a remarkable man and well deserves to be remembered by future generations in the world of agriculture.”

R Silcock & Sons started manufacturing animal feed at Lancashire’s Thornton Le Fylde in the 1870s, moving into oilseed crushing later that century. The business was acquired by Unilever in 1936 and merged into BOCM Silcock in the early 1970s. It subsequently became BOCM Pauls in 1992 and ForFarmers in 2012