Christmas arrives early at Greenmount

Foundation Degree in Horticulture Bursary recipients. Back row (L-R) Paul Mooney, Head of Horticulture Branch, James Dickey, winner of the Calor bursary and Mark McClements, Calor. Front row (L-R) Jeni Jarden, winner of the Bulrush bursary, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director and Dominika Glowinkowska, winner of the Idverde Bursary.

CHRISTMAS arrived early for 24 successful agriculture and horticulture students with the CAFRE Bursary programme at Greenmount Campus in Antrim.

BSc (Hons) Agricultural Technology Bursary recipients. Back row (L-R) David Wright, Irish Farmers’ Journal, Liam McCarthy, ABP Food Group, Russell McCourt, Genus ABS, Denis Hunter and Gerard Hassan, Danske Bank. Front row (L-R) Hannah Beattie, Louise Williamson, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director, Aimee Agnew and Adam Montgomery.


Bursaries to the value of £24,000 were officially presented at the Awards Presentation.

This year’s bursaries were generously provided by ABP Food Group, AI Services Ltd, Bank of Ireland, Bulrush Horticulture Ltd, Calor Ltd, Cogent, Dale Farm, Danske Bank, Dunbia, Fane Valley, Genus ABS, Gibson Trust, Idverde, Irish Farmers’ Journal, John Thompson and Sons Ltd, Lakeland Dairies, Moy Park, National Beef Association, Tyrone Farming Society, Ulster Farmers’ Union, Ulster Grassland Society and Yara.

BSc (Hons) Agricultural Technology Bursary recipients. Back row (L-R) Ronald Annett, John Thompson and Sons, Stephen Heenan, National Beef Association, Emma Birrell, Lakeland Dairies, Claire Windrum, Dunbia, Tim Acheson, Lakeland Dairies and George Moffett, Head of Agriculture Education Branch. Front row (L-R) Wilson Marshall, Ciara McCullagh, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director, Alice Herron and Harry Stevenson.


As expected, there was very high competition for the bursaries from Higher Education students at Greenmount Campus who commenced their studies in September 2019 on the BSc Agricultural Technology Honours Degree, the Foundation Degree in Agriculture and Technology and the Foundation Degree in Horticulture.

Speaking at the Awards Presentation Ceremony, Mr Martin McKendry, CAFRE Director, thanked the industry representatives for their generosity and willingness to support young people entering higher education within the sector.

Bursary recipients at Greenmount Campus. Back row (L-R) Wesley Aston, Ulster Farmers’ Union, Hugh Ferguson, The Gibson Trust, Hannah Magee, Andrew Morrison, Yara, Rachael Jordan and Mark McClements, Calor. Front row (L-R) Ella Hawkes, Sarah Davidson, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director, Nikkita Hynes and James Dickey.


The bursary sponsors praised the high quality of work by all students participating and congratulated them on their efforts. Several companies were represented by past CAFRE graduates, such as Claire Windrum who graduated in June 2019 and presented the award on behalf of Dunbia.

Andrew Morrison from Yara said: “Yara are delighted to invest and support students within the Agriculture Industry in Northern Ireland.”

Foundation Degree Agriculture and Technology Bursary recipients. Back row (L-R) George Moffett, Head of Agriculture Education, Edwin Cartwright, Tyrone Farming Society, Alan Huston, Moy Park and Neville Graham, Dale Farm. Front row (L-R) Catherine McDowell, Chloe Alexander, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director, Dearbhle McLaughlin and Dessie McCorry.


Wesley Aston, Ulster Farmers’ Union, told the students: “You are the future of our industry and we were delighted to see such a level of interest.”

Sarah Davidson, a student on the BSc (Honours) Agricultural Technology degree programme was the recipient of the Gibson Trust bursary for County Antrim.

Foundation Degree Agriculture and Technology Bursary recipients. Back row (L-R) Darren Houston, Bursary Coordinator, Richard Primrose, Bank of Ireland, Ashley Fleming, Cogent and Jim Freeburn, Ulster Grassland Society. Front row (L-R) Daniel Fulton, Clodagh Hill, Martin McKendry CAFRE Director, Gemma Jardine and Luke Norris.


Sarah thanked the sponsors for their support on behalf of all bursary recipients.

“The bursary programme is not just about the money – it provides students with an opportunity to network with industry representatives with placement opportunities offered by a number of the bursary providers. Students who were interviewed as part of the selection process also found it a very valuable exercise.”



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