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FTMT Golf Society Outing
An impressive turn out of 37 players attended the recent FTMT
Golfing Society outing at Portarlington Golf Club. The committee
would like to thank the Irish Farmers Journal , who kindly sponsored
the outing for their continued generous support. Portarlington Golf
Club is a very popular venue and the excellent course and good
weather added to an enjoyable day for all the participants. The
winner of the men's competition and the Farmers Journal Trophy
was Bryan Beasley of IFP Media. The winner of the Ladies competition
was Ber Cavanagh, Abbey Machinery Ltd.
Dairymaster Agricultural Student Awards
Aisling Neville and Ellen Fitzpatrick
two Waterford Institute of
Technology (WIT) Agricultural
Science graduates were presented
with the Dairymaster Agricultural
Student Awards at this year's
National Ploughing Championships.
The awards recognise the
achievements of Agricultural Science
degree students who deliver the
best presentation on their final year
project; a total of 10 candidates
were shortlisted for the top prizes.
Aisling's final year project was
about preventative methods used
to prevent the harmful disease,
Cryptosporidium parvum in dairy
calves. The project was carried out
over an eight-month period in which
she monitored the growth rates of
four groups of calves. The project
used both autumn and spring born
calves, 40 calves in total. The study
compared two different C. parvum
preventative treatments, Halocur
and Auranta. Ellen's project was
an evaluation of grass quality for
milk, beef and sheep production
using efficient and environmentally
sustainable chemical fertiliser.
According to Ellen: "This involved
three different grass varieties and
six different fertiliser treatments in
which the greenhouse gases carbon
dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide
emissions were measured along with
a number of nutritive parameters
such as DM and crude protein of
theses grass samples. This measured
the sustainability of the fertiliser
treatments while also taking the
nutritive value of grass into account."
Pictured (from left: are Pat McCormack, ICMSA President; Aisling Neville and Ellen Fitzpatrick; John
Harty, Operations Director Dairymaster; and Peter Kenneally, IHFA President.
Pictured are: Noel Dunne, PRO FTMT Golf Society; Bryan Beasley, IFP Media; Noel
Lynch, Irish Farmers Journal; and Michael McCarthy, President, FTMT Golfing Society.
A visit from the States
Padraig Ryan, Managing Director of Cargill
Animal Nutrition Ireland, welcomed
Ted McKinney who serves as the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under
Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural
Affairs, to the Cargill plant in Naas Co.
Kildare while on a recent visit to Ireland.