CRV Ambreed scholarship recipients Georgina Lindsay and Rachel Gardner take the trip of a lifetime to Holland this week to learn more about dairy systems on the other side of the world.
The experience is part of CRV Ambreed’s $15,000 scholarship package for high achieving Massey and Lincoln University students that are interested in a career in the dairy sector.
The scholarship includes a generous financial boost to put toward their studies and a unique experience in the animal breeding industry.
Lindsay and Gardner will spend time at CRV’s head office in Arnhem learning about the artificial insemination (AI) industry and the work CRV is doing globally to develop herd management programmes for dairy farmers.
They said they are keen to see different farming systems and new technologies emerging in Holland that might eventually make their way to New Zealand.
“Being mainly seasonal pasture-based farming here in New Zealand, it will be awesome to see the barns over there,” Lindsay said. “It blows my mind cows are in barns all day.”
Last week Lindsay and Gardner spent the day with the CRV Ambreed team in Hamilton, engrossing themselves in the business of herd improvement and learning more about CRV Ambreed’s operation.
The CRV Ambreed Scholarship was established in 2010 to support and encourage students with interests in animal husbandry, animal genetics, farm management and environmental sustainability to work in New Zealand’s dairy industry.
For almost a decade CRV Ambreed has offered two scholarships each year; one to a Massey University undergraduate science student and one to a Lincoln University undergraduate science student.
Gardner has just completed a Master of Science majoring in animal science at Massey University, while Lindsay completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science honours through Lincoln University.
The scheme has contributed about $200,000 toward the education and development of its recipients since its inception.
CRV Ambreed R&D Scientist Phil Beatson says the company is pleased it can support outstanding students with their academic studies while also providing an international perspective on the agricultural world. “This is an important programme and I know these two students will represent themselves, their universities and New Zealand well when they travel as part of this CRV Ambreed scholarship.”