Lucy Culleton and Stephen Frend were presented with their Dairymaster Ag Science Student Awards for the best final year project presentations at the South Eastern Technological University at this year’s National Plowing Championships.
Culleton, a Windgap Co. Kilkenny native, completed her project on the effect of grazing method in the autumn and nutrient application in the spring on grass availability on spring-calving dairy farms.
Stephen Frend from Toomevara in Co. Tipperary undertook a project comparing the use of artificial synchronization and natural synchronization on conception rates of breeding ewes as a means of compacting the lambing season and increasing litter size in an early lambing flock.
According to Dr Michael Breen, program leader for the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science, “the Dairymaster Ag Science Student Award process will help students realise the relevance of their final year projects to a world beyond college.”
“The bursary is very welcome in helping our students make the transition to the workplace following their studies,” he concluded.
In a previous news article, That’s Farming spoke to Eleanor Kent, Head of Department of Land Sciences, SETU Waterford.
“Second-level students and those returning to education should consider SETU land science-related courses because of the small class sizes, the friendly and inclusive atmosphere, the reputation for excellent teaching in practical skills together with our partners, Kildalton Agricultural College, Co. Kilkenny, the College of Amenity Horticulture at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark, Co. Cork.
Our programs are cross-disciplinary, delivered by staff with first-hand knowledge of agricultural practices, food production, forestry and hormone practices and management.
Biodiversity, sustainability, the circular economy and organic and regenerative farming and very much to the core of our programmes, ensuring a well-rounded graduate equipped to deal with the current and emerging challenges facing the land sciences sector.
SETU, Waterford has been delivering agri/food, forestry and horticulture programs for over 45 years in conjunction with Teagasc.
Read more in this news article.