Students’ Canada scholarship boost

Scholarship grant winners John Barlow, Christina Coulthard, Nigel Waggett and Ellis Disney-Smith
Scholarship grant winners John Barlow, Christina Coulthard, Nigel Waggett and Ellis Disney-Smith

A ONCE in a lifetime travel opportunity awaits four Myerscough College agriculture students, thanks to a scholarship grant of £3,500 from the Lancaster and Morecambe Agriculture and Horticulture Society Scholarship Programme.

The four students – John Barlow, Christina Coulthard, Nigel Waggett and Ellis Disney-Smith – will spend two weeks in Canada looking at cattle handling practices in large herds and investigating the efficiency of feeding systems on large scale cattle farms.

The scholarship programme was set up by society trustees in 2009 to make use of funds released when the show ceased.

Society member Philip Halhead, of Norbreck Genetics, proposed the travel scholarship, highlighting how much benefit his own agricultural business had gained from global travel.  He said: “I won a BP Scholarship during my time at Myerscough College and travelled to Eastern Europe. The time spent abroad made me very aware of the learning experiences that were available from global travel. My own company, Norbreck Genetics, now exports to more than 20 countries worldwide.”

“I’m sure the experience these four students will gain will stick with them for life and shape their career paths.”

The students had to present their ideas to an expert panel at Myerscough College. The four were selected for displaying a clear passion for agriculture and strong desire to gain knowledge.

The four have their sights sets on increasing or starting their own home herds when they complete their studies.