Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management
The Graduates of the Teagasc/UCD Level 7 Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course were presented with their diplomas at an awards ceremony at Teagasc Moorepark, recently.
The overall Student of the Year award from the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course went to Jack Murphy from County Wicklow. Jack Murphy completed the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Drystock at Teagasc Kildalton College, Pilltown, County Kilkenny. During his second year at Kildalton, Jack completed a 16 week placement in New Zealand where he developed a huge interest in dairy farming. During his two years completing the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course, he worked with Brian Murphy in Oldcastle, County Meath and Pat Hennessy in Athy, County Kildare.
The awards were presented by Professor Karina Pierce, UCD and Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle. Professor Karina Pierce congratulated the 14 participants who graduated at the ceremony, commenting on the knowledge and skills the graduates have developed over the last two years and wished them well in their dairy careers.
Professor Gerry Boyle acknowledged the commitment from host farmers who run successful farm businesses, while also providing invaluable mentoring to students and very generously share their time and private farm information with students.
Teagasc’s Head of Education, Tony Pettit, thanked University College Dublin as the awarding body for the Professional Dairy Diploma, and emphasised the close working relationship between Teagasc and UCD in the areas of education, knowledge transfer and research.