Dairy farmer, Co Kilkenny
Research: Identifying the restrictions and solutions to incorporating clover on Irish grassland farms.
Background: A graduate of Kildalton Agricultural College, Bryan returned home to farm in 1999 where he converted the dairy and beef farm to a fully dairy enterprise. Bryan has received several accolades in the last 20 years.
“It’s a great opportunity, that will stand to me for years to come. It’s been on my mind to try for a Nuffield scholarship for a few years now. The time will never be fully right but it was time to try.”
Organic farmer & artisan food producer, Co Offaly
Research: Developing a blue print for farm diversification with a specific focus on the agri-food tourism sector.
Background: Margaret is a graduate from UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business with a MBs specialising in Tourism. Since her return to the family farm in 2012 after a career in arts and entertainment management, Margaret’s own farm diversification strategy has been centred on connecting food and farming.
“I feel privileged to embark on a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet, engage, learn and share with a global network of exceptional high achievers in the agri industry, to gain insights into global innovation/policies, in particular environmental, and to translate those learnings for future success.”
Dairy farmer, Co Laois
Research: Exploring alternative, swards, inputs, and grazing strategies, which can provide solutions at the root cause of challenges facing pasture-based dairy farms.
Background: David is a 2020 graduate of University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Dairy Business. David’s farm has a strong focus on reducing environmental impact and it is also a demonstration farm for the Signpost programme.
“I’m delighted and honoured to receive the Nuffield scholarship. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about my own topic, and the agri food sector from a global perspective.”
Agronomist, Co Offaly
Research: Investigating decision-making tools for the future of potato and vegetable production in Ireland.
Background: Thomas graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Agricultural Science in 2016 and completed a Diploma in Leadership for the Agri-Food sector in 2021 from UCC. Thomas currently advises and manages potato and carrot growers for O’Sheas Farms in Kilkenny.
“Receiving a Nuffield is a fantastic opportunity for both personal and career development and can really benefit me in becoming a leader in potato and vegetable production in Ireland over the next decade and the future.”
Horticulturalist, Co Wexford
Research: Investigating methods of improving efficiency and sustainability in plant propagation in controlled environments.
Background: Liagh holds a BSc and an MSc in Business Management from UCD. Horticulture was an obvious career choice, as growing plants has been a passion since childhood and she currently works as a grower and assistant production manager in a bedding and pot plant nursery in north Co Wexford.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful organisation and excited to delve into my research topic.”
food business project manager, Co Carlow
Research: Exploring how farms can implement changes to secure future farm viability as the sector faces increasing challenges in terms of economic sustainability and climate change.
Background: Gillian studied Food & Agri-Business Management at UCD and completed an MSc in Food Business Strategy at the Michael Smurfit Business School, UCD. Gillian joined Bord Bia in 2018 as small business development manager and is currently in a project management role.
“This scholarship will provide me with the very exciting opportunity to experience different agricultural systems across the world whilst learning from industry experts.”