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FARMWEEK
JANUARY 23 2020
RURALYOUTH
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On the roads with
Rathfriland YFC P36-37
CAFRE graduate
‘blossoms’ into potential
world beater P38
Life-saving
invention wins
students a top
farm safety award
A
N innovative “Slurry
Pit Saver” idea has
won the top ABP
Farm SafetyAward at
this year’s BT Young
Scientist and Technology
Exhibition (BTYSTE).
Students Abbey Hehir,
Rebecca Murphy and Ryely
Cantrell from County Clare
were the brains behind the
life-saving project.
The students, from St John
Bosco Community College
in Kildysart, impressed the
judges with their innovative
project, designed to prevent
accidental deaths in slurry
pits on Irish farms.
The device in question is
powered by solar energy and
uses infrared sensors that
detect if a large object has
entered the slurry pit. The
device then sends an alert
to a list of mobile phones via
an app.
For the sixth consecutive
year, ABP Food Group has
sponsored the Farm Safety
category, which year-onyear has produced groundbreaking projects from
students across the country.
n Maria Kilmartin from ABP Food Group, with students Abbey
Hehir and Rebecca Murphy from St John Bosco Community
College, County Clare, winners of the ABP Farm Safety Award at
the 2020 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
A good eye for judging Holstein cattle and a sound knowledge of the
breed were among the factors that helped TOM McKNIGHT, from
Drumbo, pick up a prestigious UK-wide award at the recent All Breeds
All Britain Calf Show in Peterborough. Tom, who combines a full-time
job at Damm Holsteins, Lisburn, with a day-release agriculture course
at Greenmount, won top place in the hotly-contested Holstein Young
Breeders Littlestar competition during the event. As well as looking
after cows, Tom likes to get out on his scrambler motorbike and also
enjoys watching motorcycle racing.
Picture: Cliff Donaldson

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