Watch: virtual farm tour for ag science students
Educational video resources have been created to help agricultural science students during the COVID-19 challenge.

Due to the threat of COVID-19, Agri Aware was forced to cancel its recent planned Farm Walk and Talk event at UCD Lyons Farm. However, a virtual tour has been created for students to use instead.

UCD, Traction Media and Agri Aware recently came together to film the Farm Walk and Talk experience on Lyons Farm.

Students at the AgriAware walk and talk farm walk at Tullamore Farm in 2019. \ Philip Doyle

The aim is to help students gain study advice for their Leaving Certificate exam and is a practical insight into sustainable farming.

The deadline for the agricultural science project was extended by the Department of Education earlier this week.

“Agri Aware is committed to working with teachers and students by ensuring that education is continued by all possible means during this difficult COVID-19 challenge," Agri Aware executive director Marcus O’Halloran said.

“I’d like to thank UCD for kindly stepping in to film these videos on UCD Lyons Farm and for providing their vital expertise to students and their teachers during this period.

"I’d also like to thank the Irish Agricultural Science Teachers Association (IASTA) and all our patrons for their continued support of Farm Walk and Talk.”

UCD Dean of Agriculture Alex Evans said that while it was disappointing that the walk could not go ahead on Lyons Farm, his colleagues "are delighted to help students by preparing these short instructional videos on critical areas of agriculture for Ireland."


For the Farm Walk and Talk videos, UCD staff talk through a number of topics for students such as grassland management and feed the dairy cow.

1. Equine

Dr Barbara Murphy provides an overview of equine activities and research taking place both on the farm and in UCD.

2. Grass

Dr Bridget Lynch takes a look at grassland science.

3. 'Feeding the dairy cow'

Dr Karina Pierce walks students through the science of 'feeding the dairy cow'.

4. Crop Science

And Prof Kevin McDonnell speaks about crop science.

5. Sheep

Prof. Tommy Boland presenting on 'Improving the Sustainability of Irish Sheep Production'.

6. Health and Safety

Dr. Sinead Flannery, FBD Lecturer in Health & Safety at UCD School of Agriculture speaks to students on health and safety on farm.

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