Stu­dents cho­sen for AI train­ing with Euro­gene AI’s back­ing

Irish Independent - Farming - - Machinery - Derek Casey

FOUR lucky agri­cul­tural sci­ence stu­dents from St Au­gus­tine’s and Good Coun­sel Col­lege in New Ross, Co Wex­ford, are set to go on an AI train­ing course thanks to the back­ing of in­dus­try spe­cial­ists Euro­gene AI.

The four stu­dents, pic­tured be­low with Good Coun­sel Col­lege Chap­lain Fr Michael Col­len­der and James Devine of Euro­gene AI, are set to learn about the AI process and see for them­selves the ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties that a train­ing course like this one can open up.

Good Coun­sel Col­lege is largely made up of stu­dents from farm­ing fam­i­lies. Many of them not only have a huge in­ter­est in the study of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence, they also hope to con­tinue work­ing on the fam­ily farm.

“By way of try­ing to ad­dress the ad­ven­ture and pres­sure of rapid ex­pan­sion on dairy farms to co­in­cide with the abo­li­tion of the milk quota, I am chal­leng­ing the stu­dents on the need to con­sider farm­ing as an en­ter­prise, as well as see­ing it as a way of life that will hope­fully give them some sat­is­fac­tion,” ex­plained Fr Col­len­der.


“And if they come from small fam­ily hold­ings, they have ev­ery right to a fu­ture in farm­ing as the farm­ers who aim to milk two or three hun­dred cows.

“So I en­cour­age them to value what they have, and what has been handed on to them, and per­haps to think about sub­si­dis­ing their fu­ture farm in­come with work op­por­tu­ni­ties out­side the farm.

“It is within this con­text that I ap­proached Euro­gene AI to spon­sor four of our stu­dents for train­ing so as to en­cour­age their skills and con­fi­dence, and pro­vide them with the stim­u­lus to con­sider their fu­ture,” said Fr Col­len­der.

“James Devine of Euro­gene kindly agreed.”

All four stu­dents come from farms and have plans to re­turn home to de­velop their en­ter­prises fur­ther, ac­cord­ing to Fr Col­len­der.

Euro­gene AI is cur­rently the only com­pany to of­fer this kind of train­ing course to sec­ondary stu­dents in Ire­land.

SPON­SOR­SHIP: Front row: Fr Michael Col­len­der OSA Col­lege Chap­lain and James Devine, Euro­gene AI. Back row (l-r): Caleb O Keeffe from Mul­l­li­na­vat, Co Kilkenny, Eu­gene Buckly and Seanie Red­mond, both from Rath­nure Co Wex­ford, and Liam Walsh, Lis­ter­lin, Co Kilkenny

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