Irish Independent - Farming - - PEDIGREE AND SALES -

FIVE agri­cul­tural stu­dents have each been awarded €1,000 ed­u­ca­tional bur­saries by the Ir­ish Here­ford Breed So­ci­ety, sup­ported by Slaney Foods In­ter­na­tional and LIDL Ire­land.

The com­pe­ti­tion, launched in the spring, cre­ated wide in­ter­est from prospec­tive stu­dents wish­ing to go to Agri­cul­tural Col­lege or study agriculture at third level this year.

The suc­cess­ful stu­dents are:

Ja­cob, En­nis­cor­thy, Co Wex­ford

÷Ciaran Moore, Tul­lam­ore, Co Of­faly ÷Diar­múid Mc­Don­ald, Barn­town, Co Wex­ford

÷Eoin Mc­Cor­mack, Donaskeigh, Co Tip­per­ary

÷Niall Woods, Drogheda, Co Louth

Par­tic­i­pants were re­quired to sub­mit an as­sign­ment on the topic: ‘Young Farm­ers’ Chal­lenges and Op­por­tu­ni­ties in Beef Farm­ing’.

A team of ad­ju­di­ca­tors se­lected10 qual­i­fiers for interview to de­cide the win­ners. Speak­ing at the an­nounce­ment of the re­sults at Tul­lam­ore Court Ho­tel, Henry Dud­ley, vice pres­i­dent of the Ir­ish Here­ford Breed So­ci­ety, said the fi­nal­ists had set a very high stan­dard.

He added that the chal­lenges aris­ing for agriculture into the fu­ture will re­quire in­creased ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly in agri­cul­tural sci­ence.

En­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges

“The en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges fac­ing the in­dus­try are many and var­ied de­pend­ing on where in the world food is pro­duced and where the world’s pop­u­la­tion is con­cen­trated,” he said.

“We are con­fi­dent that this com­pe­ti­tion has suc­ceeded in high­light­ing the great need for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion in agriculture to meet the needs of a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion.”

The run­ners up were:

÷Aideen Barry, Car­low

÷Eu­gene Costello, Moate, Co West­meath

÷Neil Ma­her, Birr, Co Of­faly

÷Orla Hayes, Kan­turk, Co Cork ÷Sarah Don­nelly, Stradone, Co Ca­van


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.