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Barony Students Showmanship at UK Dairy Expo

Keen dairy students from the Barony campus of Scotland’s Rural College have returned from the UK Dairy Expo in celebratory style after the young show team was recognised for their efforts and skills.

Grant Neilson (East Kilbride), Neil Watson (Mauchline), Shaun Rennie (Mossblown) and Ailsa McWilliam (Stranraer) participated at the high profile UK Dairy Expo at Borderway Market at Carlisle. The four, who are studying National Certificate in Agriculture at Barony were part of larger group of students who have been learning how to dress and show dairy cattle as part of their studies.

Ailsa McWilliam, Grant Neilson, Eamon Monaghan, Neil Watson, Shaun Rennie

Ailsa McWilliam, Grant Neilson, Eamon Monaghan, Neil Watson, Shaun Rennie

The students selected the yearling heifers on-show from the 250 pedigree Holsteins herd at Barony Farm. They were keen to develop their dairy stock dressing and stockmanship skills and had been preparing for UK Dairy Expo since early November last year. Many hours were put in training both heifers and handlers. Halter training, clipping, washing, leading and dressing were all supervised by assistant herdsperson and college instructor Eamon Monaghan. Glyn Lucas, a well respected pedigree dairy auctioneer at Harrison and Hetherington, generously provided expert tuition and guidance right up to the event.

Entered in the International Dairy Youth Championships, Grant Neilson came a commendable 8th in the clipping competition, while Neil Sloan and Shaun Rennie were placed 8th and 10th respectively in the Senior Showmanship Competition.

Acknowledging their success, Adam Wardrop, Section Head of Agriculture at Barony said:
“It is a great achievement for our students to participate in such a high profile dairy event and I hope they all recognise the value of this hands-on experience. We are very proud to be inspiring the youth of the dairy industry at Barony.”

Student Grant Neilson added “The Expo was very enjoyable. Glyn was very helpful in showing us how to prepare and clip the heifers for showing, and how to lead them. It was a great learning curve, and the experience was brilliant”.

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