Student management

Dairymaster Student Awards presented to two students

Lucy Culleton and Stephen Frend received their Dairymaster Ag Science Student Awards for the best final year project presentations at South Eastern Technological University at this year’s National Plowing Championships.

Culleton, from Windgap Co. Kilkenny, has completed his project on the effect of autumn grazing method and spring nutrient application on grass availability on spring calving dairy farms.

Stephen Frend of Toomevara in County Tipperary has undertaken a project comparing the use of artificial timing and natural timing on the conception rates of breeding ewes as a means of compacting the lambing season and increasing lamb size the litter in an early lambing flock.

According to Dr. Michael Breen, Program Manager for the BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Science, “The Dairymaster Ag Science Student Award process will help students realize the relevance of their final year projects to a world beyond agriculture. ‘university”.

“The scholarship is welcome to help our students transition into the working world after graduation,” he concluded.


In a previous press article, It’s farming spoke to Eleanor Kent, Head of Department of Earth Sciences, SETU Waterford.

“Second level students and those returning to school should consider SETU earth science related courses due to the small class sizes, friendly and inclusive atmosphere, reputation for excellent teaching of practical skills 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 interdisciplinary, delivered by staff with first-hand knowledge of agricultural practices, food production, forestry and horticultural practices and management.

Biodiversity, sustainability, the circular economy, and organic and regenerative agriculture are at the heart of our programs, ensuring a well-rounded graduate equipped to tackle current and emerging challenges facing the earth science sector.

SETU, Waterford has been delivering agribusiness, forestry and horticulture programs for over 45 years in conjunction with Teagasc.

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