The Irish Hereford Breed Society, in collaboration with Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland are awarding 5 bursaries of €1,000 each to 5 successful applicants at the 86th National Ploughing Championships which will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from Sept 19th – 21st 2017.
“Given the outstanding success last year, which was the first year of the programme, all the supporters are keen to further build on that this year and into the future” stated Willie Branagan, Irish Hereford Chairman at the launch of the 2017 competition. The five winners from last year have been enjoying their time at college while furthering their agricultural education. It is expected that this year’s competition will once again create wide interest from prospective and aspiring agricultural students wishing to go to Agricultural College or study Agriculture at 3rd level in the Republic of Ireland this coming autumn.
Such students may have completed the Leaving Certificate, could currently be actively farming or may be actively involved in their local Macra club or other agricultural activity. A growing population across the world will require into the future sustenance provided by the agricultural community, creating increasing demands on land and water resources. A highly educated new generation of producers and agricultural graduates will be required to ensure such demands are met in a sustainable way.
To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: Ireland’s Green Grass – Our Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow. Discuss (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 25th August 2017 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday 11th September and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 20th September and be available to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.
Speaking about the initiative Rory Fanning from Slaney Foods International says: “Given the recent demand for the Hereford breed and the success of the multi award winning Certified Irish Hereford Beef, we are delighted to come on board and support the Society who have initiated the project.”
Commercial Director for Lidl Liam Casey says: “Hereford has quite quickly become a huge point of differentiation for Lidl and customers have responded exceptionally well to this premium product. We are delighted to support the Irish Hereford Breed Society and our supplier Slaney Foods International in offering financial assistance to 5 aspiring agricultural students.”
Photo left to right: Larry Feeney – IHBS Secretary, Rory Fanning – Slaney Foods Managing Director, Liam Casey – Lidl Commercial Director, Enda Rabbitte – IHBS & William Branagan – IHBS Chairman
In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855.