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WATCH: Feeding the dairy cow

Due to the threat of Covid-19, Agri Aware was forced to cancel its recent planned farm walk and talk event at UCD Lyons Farm, which would have seen hundreds of students welcomed to the enterprise to learn about the practicalities of farming, with a focus on sustainability from key industry experts.

In conjunction with key partners, it filmed a virtual farm walk and talk experience at UCD Lyons Farm to aid students to gain key study advice for their Leaving Certificate exam and a practical insight into sustainable farming.

UCD staff stepped in to create short educational video modules on a range of relevant topics for students such as grassland management and feeding the dairy cow.

Ensure education continues

Speaking about the decision to host a virtual farm walk and talk event, Agri Aware Executive Director, Marcus O’Halloran, said: “Agri Aware is committed to working with teachers and students by ensuring that education is continued by all possible means during this difficult Covid-19 challenge.”

“I’d like to thank UCD for kindly stepping in to film these videos on UCD Lyons Farm and for providing their vital expertise to students and their teachers during this period. I’d also like to thank the Irish Agricultural Science Teachers Association (IASTA) and all our patrons for their continued support of Farm Walk and Talk.”

Commenting on the online resources developed at UCD Lyons Farm, Professor Alex Evans, UCD Dean of Agriculture said: “It is disappointing that we were not able to welcome secondary school Agricultural Science students to UCD Lyons Farm again this year as part of the Agri Aware Farm Walk and Talk Programme.

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“However, my colleagues are delighted to help students by preparing these short instructional videos on critical areas of agriculture for Ireland. As always our collaboration with Agri-Aware and IASTA is much appreciated.”

Educational resources for teachers and students 

Meanwhile, IASTA chair, George Dennis, added: “IASTA welcomes the further resources Agri Aware and UCD have put together through these videos.”

“IASTA has also put together an eLearning padlet for ag science teachers and their teachers to avail of at this time and we encourage everyone to use all resources available to them.”

Agricultural Science teachers and students can avail of the educational resource videos on the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Youtube channel. 

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