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Hilltown Student Wins Dunbia Bursary

15 January 2015

NORTHERN IRELAND – Northern Irish meat processor Dunbia has again teamed up with CAFRE to offer a student the opportunity to gain experience working in the Agri-Food Industry as well as a financial contribution towards the cost of studies.

The successful candidate for 2015 is Carrie Smith from Hilltown in Co Down, who is currently studying for a Bsc in Agricultural Technology at Queen’s University Belfast and CAFRE Greenmount.

Presenting Carrie with her bursary, Glenn Patterson, Training Manager, Dunbia said: “Dunbia is delighted to work with CAFRE to offer bursaries to Agri-Food students.

“Young people are the life blood of our agri-food industry. The bursary scheme is a way in which businesses can make an important contribution to ensuring the continued supply of professional managers to this vital industry.”

Ms Smith, who is from a beef and sheep farm and manages her half bred Suffolk ewe, was delighted to win the award.

“It’s great to have this financial assistance from Dunbia who is such a big company within the agri-food industry. I am really looking forward to my work placement with them where I will no doubt gain invaluable experience. It’s a fantastic opportunity.”

The award was presented at an Awards Presentation Ceremony attended by Mr Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development who thanked industry representatives for their generosity and willingness to support young people entering higher education within the sector.

“Bursary donation, particularly in the current difficult economic climate, is a tangible investment in the leaders and managers of the future.”

She will begin her placement with Dunbia in summer 2016.

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