National Success for Greenmount Students

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2002 has been an outstanding year of academic achievement for Greenmount College.

Two students on the HND Agriculture programme won, for the first time, national beef and dairy awards.

In both instances, the awards were open to students studying agriculture at universities and colleges across the United Kingdom.

Smyth McCann, from a large dairy farm near Clandeboye, Co Down, was the winner of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers' Dairy Student of the Year Award, sponsored by Barclays Bank. This award, open to all agricultural colleges offering specialist dairying courses was made to Smyth at the Dairy Event, Stoneleigh, last month.

Paul McAleer, from a mixed family farm near Omagh, Co Tyrone, was the winner of the the Beef Student of the Year Award, organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England and sponsored by Merial Animal Health and the British Simmental Cattle Society.

This award is open to full-time students studying agricultural ND/HND and Degree courses. Paul was presented with the award at the Royal Show, Stoneleigh in July.

Both students undertook Enterprise Management modules at Greenmount.

Paul selected BEEF (Bringing Effective Education in Farming), which involves management of the large suckler herd and sheep flock at Greenmount's Hill Farm at Glenwherry.

Smyth chose CREAM (Co-operative for Real Education in Agricultural Management), based around a herd of 30 high genetic merit dairy cows, yielding in excess of 11,300 litres. …