Agriculture student, Alex Robinson of Narberth, received a cheque for £700 in the form of a Gareth Raw Rees Memorial Travel Scholarship to help him travel to New Zealand for an eight-month trip to visit and work on farms. Source: The Western Telegraph
The Fund Management Committee aims to broaden the knowledge of agriculture utilising annual donations from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust.
Mr Robinson, who recently graduated from Harper Adams University after gaining a BSc (Honours) in Agriculture with Mechanisation, has a deep passion for farming and the countryside which was fostered at a young age from spending time on his grandparents’ dairy farm.
He has a keen interest in farm machinery and has previously undertaken a 15-month student placement with CLAAS UK.
Mr Robinson also gained experience of general farm work and working as a relief milker on a number of local dairy farms and also works for a local agricultural contractor.
Commenting on his impending trip, Mr Robinson said: “I am really looking forward to spending time in New Zealand to widen my knowledge of agriculture and in particular to see how the Kiwis operate their grass-based dairy farming systems.
“I intend to spend time working with an agricultural contractor in New Zealand and I’m keen to learn new techniques and innovations that I’ll be able to bring back to benefit me, as I ultimately want to manage my own farm at some point in the future.”