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Claire Bambrick

Title: Evaluate the communication methods used to disseminate the findings of a dairy research farm for extension purposes

The aim of this project is to explore and evaluate current communication methods used to disseminate findings of the Ballyhaise dairy research farm and identify how these communication methods can be improved. The study will investigate if farmers in the Cavan/Monaghan are engaging with the research findings and establish how this relationship can be improved. It will also aim to establish if the students on a research farm are at an advantage compared to those who are not.

The objectives of this research are as follows:

  1. Identify current communication methods nationally and internationally, and establish which methods are suitable for a dairy research farm.
  2. Establish if the students on a research farm have a greater understanding of research results in comparison to those who are not.
  3. Establish the degree of understanding farmers currently have in relation to research findings and identify opportunities to improve the dissemination of these findings.
  4. Identify the attitudes and needs of dairy advisors and teachers in relation to the dissemination of research findings.

Teagasc Supervisor: Dr Joe Patton

UCD Supervisor: Dr Aoife Osborne

Location: Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College