After 48 hours of travelling, including 4 countries, 3 flights, 1 bus, no sleep, and changing from 37 to 3 degrees celsius, I have arrived in Cavan, Ireland for the Nuffield CSC (Contemporary Scholars Conference). The CSC is a week long conference that will cover topics that effect agriculture all over the world. On arrival, it was welcoming to see on the cover of this weeks Irish Farm Journal, a Shorthorn bull promoting future farmers.
Somewhat apprehensive, eight Aussies doing a GFP (Global Focus Program), arrive in Dublin looking forward to what the next seven and a half weeks will hold. Over the period of the first two days, it has become obvious that whilst agriculture sectors and climate may vary around the world some things remain the same. Speaking with a Scottish dairy farmer it became apparent that drought can occur anywhere and it doesn’t always mean a lack of water, as we are so used to in Australia. Drought, whilst green, is a serious issue and included many of the same issues we face, i.e. lack of feed for cows, loss of production, husbandry issues and cost increase.
As the week progresses, we will be delving into the world of Agriculture covering topics of humility and humanity, co-operative structures, sustainability and climate change, food safety and integrity.