This January, members of the Dairy Club at Virginia Tech took part in an international agricultural experience in Ireland, touring around the country to learn about the Irish dairy industry, agriculture, and culture. Twenty-eight Virginia Tech students and two Dairy Science professors were able to understand and witness the unique Irish agricultural system, which is focused on their hearty grassland and pastures for their animals. The Hokies toured about two farms every day for the nine-day trip and were able to sightsee and explore the Irish cities and towns of Galway, Cork, Dublin, and Kilkenny.
Throughout the trip, Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, guided the Virginia Tech visitors on tours of dairy, beef, and sheep farms and Extension research facilities. The Hokies learned about agricultural production in Ireland and how their Extension system is set up throughout the country while meeting Teagasc Advisors, similar to Virginia Tech Extension Agents, on every farm or facility tour.
Other highlights of the trip included touring Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Kilkenny Castle and Smithwick’s Brewery in Kilkenny, the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, and the Jameson Distillery in Cork.
Agricultural Sciences 2017