2017 Craigmore Scholarship recipient announced

The scholarship, worth $5,000, has been awarded to Paige Abernethy

Paige Abernethy 2017 Craigmore scholarship recipient

In 2014 Craigmore launched its inaugural scholarship for the benefit of a second or third year student at Lincoln University studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. The scholarship, worth $5,000, gives a student the opportunity to work on a Craigmore farm over a period of 3-4 months. Each year the scholarship recipient writes a research paper on a different topic relating to the impact our farms have on the environment. The findings provide valuable insight to our farmers, and farm sustainability.

Our 2017 Craigmore Scholarship has been awarded to Paige Abernethy. Over the past four years, Paige has been exposed to many different areas in the agricultural industry and spent the day out with different seed companies and agricultural consultants, to see how they benefited the industry. Paige was also employed as a farm assistant and had work experience across different farming systems – including dairy, sheep dairy, goat dairy and sheep and beef. She had the pleasure of working for Craigmore across our three dairy farms in Culverden and she learnt a lot from the people she worked with, as well as the importance of working with a team.

“Being provided with this scholarship, was a great opportunity and helped fund my studies. Currently, I am coming to the end of my four-year degree of Bachelor of Agriculture Science at Lincoln University. Through my undergraduate studies I have taken an interest in plant and soil science. My agriculture degree has greatly developed my passion for the industry. This year my honours research involves analysing the agronomic effectiveness of vermicompost in comparison to mineral fertilisers. I have quantified the effects of vermicompost on pasture production on six different soil types sourced from the central North Island. This plot trial was set up at Lincoln University glasshouses and was run over the course of the year. My honours research has a great emphasis on environmental sustainability, which is something I really value. While studying, I have been employed by Farmlands Co-operative over the past year and half where I have become exposed to the retail side of agriculture. I am excited to be progressing in the company, in a Technical Field Officer role in Canterbury after completing my studies in November. In the long-term, I aim to be an agronomist working alongside farmers and providing advice for best plant growth practices.

Being awarded this scholarship not only helped fund my studies, it allowed a positive start to my career. I would like to thank Craigmore for providing me with this scholarship, it was a great privilege to have been awarded this scholarship”.

Previous 2016 scholarship award recipient Zoe Haylock worked on an honours project that considered how changes in diet (ryegrass fodder beet ryegrass) effect the absorptive capacity of ruminant epithelial tissue. With preconceived ideas on how fodder beet affects rumen health, her research aimed to clarify some of these issues.

Results from her research were implemented into a long-term, best practice farming strategy – to promote the development of educated and conscious farmers; who can increase productivity and improve sustainability of our number one resource: land. There was also potential to better utilise water and fertiliser resources with this efficient crop.