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Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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2022 Nuffield Ireland Scholars announced

Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Ireland has announced the details of five new Irish scholars as part of its 2022 programme.

Four scholars will commence their scholarship in 2022. The objective of the Irish Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is to identify future leaders of Irish agriculture and facilitate their ambition to bring about meaningful change for the benefit of their community.

Following a two-stage interview process, the selection panel chose five candidates to receive this award. The new scholars for 2022 are:

  • David Dolan;
  • Aoife Feeney;
  • Lance Woods;
  • Pat Collins;
  • Nick Cotter.
David Dolan, Garrymore near Claremorris, Co Mayo

Nuffield study topic: Net-zero carbon emissions farming: A look at the state of the art

David is a dairy farmer and director of the family dairy business. He has a B.Sc from the University of Limerick. In the seven years, he has been involved in the family business, it has undergone significant development.

He also gained experience working on dairy farms in New Zealand and Ireland. Dolan has planned further development for the farm business over the five years. He is actively involved in discussion groups and dairy programmes.

Aoife Feeney, Ballincollig, Co Cork

Nuffield study topic: Identifying key methods to influence behaviour change at farm level to improve water quality

Aoife is farm sustainability manager with the Carbery Group. Originally from Co Longford, she completed her undergraduate and masters in agricultural science at UCD. She has also worked as team leader and agricultural adviser in Farm Relief Services and Teagasc.

In her current role, she develops farm programmes and initiatives to support the four co-ops that own Carbery Group, and their shareholders, towards sustainable milk production.

2022 Nuffield Scholars: Lance Woods, Cootehill, Co Cavan

Nuffield study topic: Understanding and reacting to AMR in Irish Agriculture to save lives – what motivates change?

Lance’s primary objectives for his study; How do we reduce AMR in Irish Agriculture and how to change behaviour/habits/mindset at farm level – what motivates this change? Lance intends to travel to Canada, Sweden, Denmark and the UK during the course of his Nuffield Scholarship.

Lance grew up on a small pedigree cattle and sheep farm and is currently a ruminant territory manager with MSD Animal Health Ireland.

He has a B.Agr.Sc from UCD and a NOAH Certificate in Animal Health from Harper Adams. Lance obtained his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from DCU in 2018.

He has ten years’ experience in the animal health industry and has experience working with agricultural systems across Ireland, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Pat Collins, Castlemartyr, Co Cork

Nuffield study topic: How dairy-beef production and arable farming complement each other in an integrated system.

Pat is a full-time beef and tillage farmer. His farm is a host farm for the Grass10 campaign and the Green Acres dairy-calf-to-beef programme. Pat was the beef category winner of the Grassland Farmer of the year award 2020.

He has started a new business providing a grass measurement service to farmers and another business training and selling point to point horses to race on the track.

Nick Cotter, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick

Nuffield study topic: Getting off blanket worming: An evaluation of current best practice and newer tools to reduce anthelmintic use and anthelmintic resistance on ruminant livestock farms.

Nick grew up on the family sheep farm, which conducts performance recording, rotational grazing and grass measurement.

He is co-founder and CEO of three companies and is studying for a law and business degree in UCC. The companies are Cotter Agritech, Cotter Bros Firewood and Cotter Organic Lamb.

He and his companies have received several innovation and entrepreneurial awards and was named in the 2020 Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs.

He is the recipient of a UCC Quercus Innovation/entrepreneurship scholarship and will commence his Nuffield scholarship in 2024.

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