The Irish Hereford Breed Society, in collaboration with Slaney Foods International & LIDL Ireland are awarding 5 bursaries of €1,000 each to 5 successful applicants at the 85th National Ploughing Championships which will take place in Screggan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from Sept 20th – 22nd 2016.

The launch of the programme took place at the Radisson Blu St. Helens Hotel, Dublin 4 on Thursday August 4th.

IMG_3109Photo left to right:  James Sutton – NPA President, William Branagan – IHBS Chairman, Joe Burke – Bord Bia Sector Manager Beef and Livestock, Liam Casey – Lidl Commercial Director,  Andrew Doyle – Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Rory Fanning – Slaney Foods Managing Director and Matt Dempsey – Chairman The Agricultural Trust

The programme is expected to create wide interest from prospective and aspiring agricultural students who wish to go to Agricultural College or study Agriculture at 3rd level in the Republic of Ireland in September this year. 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.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled:

Environmental Sustainability – the Challenges for the Irish Beef Sector (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 2nd September 2016 to: herefordbursary@gmail.com

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Friday 9th September and will be required to attend at the Irish Hereford Breed Society Stand during the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore where the selection of the final 5 winners will be announced.

Given the recent demand for the Hereford breed and the success of the multi award winning Certified Irish Hereford Beef, the Society has initiated the current project enthusiastically supported by Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland.

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.

The Irish Hereford Society together with Slaney Foods International and Lidl Ireland are pleased to provide this opportunity and assistance to those young students wishing to pursue a future in agriculture.

For further details of the programme please see Bursaries Terms and Conditions.

In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855

BURSARY DETAILS