AgriFood Matters is an exciting new podcast developed by the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science featuring leading academic staff at UCD in the area of Agriculture, Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Hosted by Seán Duke from the Irish Times this monthly podcast will examine topical issues such as Sustainability, Biodiversity, Inclusion, Food and Health, Innovation, Crop Sciences, Agricultural Economics, Humanitarian Action and much more and is available for download on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast, Breaker, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic.
In today's episode you'll hear about innovation in Irish agriculture and food production.
You’ll hear first from Professor Edel Kelly, researcher in Agribusiness and Rural Development at UCD who will provide an overview of the innovation challenges facing agriculture in Ireland right now, and, will face, in future years.
Then you'll hear about one particularly exciting Irish innovation from Professor of Animal Nutrition at UCD, John O’Doherty, who has been investigating the use of seaweed as an alternative to existing feed source in pigs in order to reduce over-use of antibiotics in pigs.
You'll also hear from Julie Dowsett, who will bring us up to date with the very latest research and activities of interest to the public going on inside the School of Agriculture and Food Science at UCD.
3: Dairy Production & Agricultural Extension
In this episode, we'll hear from two women in agricultural academia. One, working in dairy production, is starting out on her career, while the other, who is working in agricultural extension and innovation has built up decades of professional experience, at home, and overseas.
Firstly you'll hear from Dr Zoe McKay, who completed her PhD in 2018. During her doctorate Dr McKay was based at UCD Lyons Farm. In 2020 was appointed assistant professor of Dairy Production at UCD.
Lastly, you'll hear from Dr Monica Gorman, a lecturer in agricultural extension and innovation at UCD, is a Wicklow native who grew up on a family farm. She worked in Tanzania and Sudan with Oxfam and Self Help Africa before returning to academia at UCD in 2013.
We’ll also have a regular slot with Julie Dowsett. Julie brings us up to date each month with what’s going on inside the School. Today, we’ll discuss some of the courses and options that are on offer at the UCD School of Agricultural and Food Science.
Today in our first episode we’ll discuss sustainability in agriculture; and the drive towards practicing agriculture and the production of food in a more environmentally-friendly way.
Professor Alex Evans, Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Science, provides us with an overview on the sustainability challenges facing agriculture in Ireland and around the world, as well as outlining some solutions that researchers at UCD are working on.
Tommy Boland, Professor of Ruminant Nutrition and Sheep Production, describes his research into reducing the emissions of methane ‘greenhouse gas’ from cattle and sheep.
Julie Dowsett, in what will be a regular slot, tells us about the very latest research and activities of interest to the public going on inside the School.