Dairygold continues to support future agri-leaders at UCC

Dairygold bursary recipient Sarah Cussen, first year Agricultural Science, UCC.

Two undergraduate bursaries have been awarded by Dairygold Co-operative Society to students undertaking the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at University College Cork (UCC). 

The course is taught by the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC with input from across the university, and in close collaboration with Teagasc.

This year’s recipients are Sarah Cussen from Waterfall, Co. Cork and Hayley Phelan from Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford, who are both in their first year of the Bachelor of Agricultural Science at UCC. 

The successful students will receive an annual bursary for the duration of their four-year undergraduate studies at UCC and will also be offered the opportunity of a work placement with Dairygold.

Conor Galvin, Dairygold CEO, said: “We are delighted to continue this strategic partnership with UCC and Teagasc which will nurture and develop the agri-business leaders of the future. In an ever expanding and growing agri food industry, Dairygold is looking forward to working with graduates like Sarah and Hayley who will have developed invaluable knowledge, skills and expertise coming from this degree programme.

“This collaboration forms part of our strategy to create a high-caliber pipeline of talent which will ultimately strengthen our organisation.”

Hayley Phelan, First Year Agricultural Science at UCC, a recipient of the Dairygold bursary.

Dairygold’s sponsorship of the bursaries began in 2019 to mark the introduction of the first Agricultural Science degree at UCC. The recipients are selected following an application process, inclusive of interview and are required to submit an annual progress report for the duration of their degree.

Professor Frank Buckley, Professor of Agricultural Science at UCC thanked Dairygold for their “continued generosity and foresight” in providing the award, which aims to identify emerging young talent and contribute to the support and development of the next generation of leading agri-professionals.

Professor Frank O’Mara, Director of Teagasc, added: “Globally, we face a challenge to feed a population that is projected to exceed 9 billion by 2050. To meet this challenge, the Agri-food sector and agricultural professionals need a strong technical, agronomic and environmental knowledge base to ensure the production of safe, nutritious food products, while protecting the environment.

“This degree is especially tailored to attract those individuals with a particular passion for dairying and provides a rigorous understanding of the science of agriculture, business acumen and sustainability that is necessary to underpin the profitability, competitiveness and sustainability of Irish dairying and the wider agri-food industry.”