University students gain insight to ag research
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.