Univer­sity stu­dents gain in­sight to ag re­search

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - FARM SCENE -

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria at Ellinbank opened its doors to a group of univer­sity stu­dents re­cently.

About 80 third-year Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence and Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­ture stu­dents from Mel­bourne Univer­sity vis­ited the re­search farm and fa­cil­i­ties at Ellinbank.

The stu­dents met with Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria re­searchers and dis­cussed dairy farm sys­tems, cow feed­ing strate­gies and pas­ture man­age­ment.

The visit was hosted by Dr Martin Auld­ist (Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria) and the stu­dents were ac­com­pa­nied by Dr Bob Far­quhar­son and Dr Ian Bland from Mel­bourne Univer­sity.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria se­nior re­search sci­en­tist Martin Auld­ist said the visit had be­come an an­nual event for stu­dents.

“We have a lot of young sci­en­tists here so we hope these vis­its will in­spire the stu­dents.

He said the visit cre­ated op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents to view the fa­cil­i­ties and speak with sci­en­tists with pos­si­bil­i­ties for them to pur­sue post-grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment at Ellinbank.

“We some­time have the stu­dents com­ing back to work or do a PhD so there are re­turn ben­e­fits for us,” he said.

Dr Auld­ist said it was a great day for the stu­dents to wan­der through he pad­docks, as­sess and an­a­lyse the cows and re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

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