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Agri Aware’s Farm Walk & Talk series comes to a close with 4000 students attending 14 events

April 2, 2024

Michael Geary

Agri Aware closed out its Farm Walk & Talk series on Friday March 22 at Kildalton Agricultural College, which brought the curtain down on the four week long event.  

The series saw 4000 students walk onto 11 different farms across 14 events from counties Donegal, down to Cork over as far as Co. Meath. The talks covered topics related to the Leaving Certificate Agriculture Science curriculum including the much talked about individual investigate study project students must undertake as part of their coursework.  

Students were treated to fantastic talks, demonstrations and got to see what life is like on a working farm.  

Students over the course of the series got the opportunity to see ewes lambing and even gave a helping hand in the delivery of a lamb. Other interactive demonstrations included body condition scoring animals, taking a soil sample and milking a cow in a state-of-the-art rotary milking parlour.  

The Farm Walk & Talk series was the first of Agri Aware’s in person events of the year which has received excellent feedback from students, teachers and all involved over the past four weeks.  

Speaking at the conclusion of the Farm Walk & Talk series was Agri Aware Chairman Shay Galvin, who said: “It has been a fantastic few weeks on the road at our Farm Walk & Talk events. 

“The series is always a major highlight of the Agri Aware calendar and this year was no different.  

“Providing students with a real hands-on experience of what life is like on a working farm and providing some practical knowledge that puts what the students learn in the classroom into action is what is unique about these events, particularly for students who don’t come from farm or farming background.  

“A big thank you to our event partners, Teagasc, the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, and the Irish Farmers Journal for their continued support in the organisation and running of these events. Also, we are very grateful to Peter Lynch and his family for opening their farm to students in Co. Donegal, which was the first farm to host a Farm Walk & Talk event outside of our event partners.  

“Furthermore, we are very thankful to many our patrons who gave talks and demonstrations throughout the series at the various venues, which were very well received by teachers and students. 

“Lastly, these events would not go ahead without students and their teachers who we owe the biggest thanks to for making all 14 events this year the success they were.”