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Saturday 23 June 2018

A1 Good Counsel students study future of A.I. in dairy industry

Fifth year Good Counsel students who have completed their training in A.I. – Jack O’Neill (left), Rathnure, and Myles Dempsey, Dunganstown
Fifth year Good Counsel students who have completed their training in A.I. – Jack O’Neill (left), Rathnure, and Myles Dempsey, Dunganstown

David Looby

Two Good Counsel College students have learned all about Artificial Insemination (A.I.) from one of the foremost experts in the field at a course in County Wicklow.

Fifth Year students Myles Dempsey from Dunganstown and Jack O'Neill from Rathnure participated in a five week course in Meadow Meats in Rathdowney, under vet Jimmy Quinn.

Both Myles and Jack are from farming backgrounds and expressed an interest in doing the course up to two years ago - such is their enthusiasm for the subject.

This is the sixth year the college has been sending students to the groundbreaking course.

Fr Michael Collender said: 'It has evolved into a hugely interesting field. They learned all about animal re-productivity, genetics, artificial insemination and about the world of dairy farming. A.I. is a multi million euro industry in Ireland.'

Myles and Jack learned about advances in A.I. under the expert guidance of Jimmy Quinn, who has established his own company.

Both Myles and Jack have expressed an interest in becoming dairy farmers.

'They absolutely loved the experience and learned all about the great job prospects there are within the industry.'

Fr Collender said the dedicated Agricultural Science students were given brilliant encouragement from their teacher Sinéad Furlong, while Philip Daly of Eurogene and James Devine South East Eurogene Manager were a great support to the students, highlighting to both the great opportunities that exist within the Irish dairy industry.

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