ASA and Irish Farmers Journal announce details of six student awards
Top Agricultural Science students awarded bursaries to support professional development
The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and the Irish Farmers Journal have announced the details of the recipients of the much sought-after PWE (Professional Work Experience) travel bursaries designed to encourage students to broaden their knowledge and travel internationally to gain experience in the global agri-food sector. Six third level Agricultural Science students, four from University College Dublin (UCD) and two from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), will benefit from the awards which will support them while on work placements in the USA, New Zealand and Chile.
This is the fourth year of this joint initiative, in which the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal reward third-level students who demonstrate an interest in fulfilling the work placement segment of their degree overseas. The WIT bursaries are also supported by Glanbia and Seedtech respectively.
From UCD, the recipients of the 2019 Travel Bursary in association with the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal are:
- Ana Mooney from Nenagh in Tipperary who will travel to Missouri in the USA where she will work on a dairy farm with accomplished farmer Niall Murphy.
- Leyla Byrne from Blessington in Wicklow who will travel to three farms in South Island, New Zealand where she will undertake placements in dairy, beef, lamb and an abattoir.
- Daire Brady from Waterfall in Cork who will travel to Los Lagos in Chile where he will work on a dairy farm in conjunction with Insight Investments.
- Owen Cashman from Glanmire in Cork who will travel to Missouri in USA where he will undertake a placement with Emerald Dairies.
From WIT, the recipients of the 2019 Travel Bursaries in association with the ASA, and Irish Farmers Journal are:
- Nicole Keohane from Kinsale, Co. Cork who will travel to New Zealand in January where she will work on a dairy farm for four months. This bursary is also in association with Seedtech.
- Andrew Mansfield from Rathdowney, Co. Laois who will also travel to New Zealand where he will work a large-scale dairy farm. This bursary is also in association with Glanbia.