Tuesday, 02 November 2021 09:55

Massey's best ag students for 2021

Written by  Peter Burke
Head of Massey's school of Agriculture and Environment Paul Kenyon. Head of Massey's school of Agriculture and Environment Paul Kenyon.

Massey University's agricultural students have responded well to online learning in the present Covid-19 environment.

Head of Massey's school of Agriculture and Environment, Paul Kenyon says it's clear students have been disappointed at the cancellation of numerous physical activities they would normally do as part of their degrees.

He says to make up for it, staff have created equivalent online activities to ensure that the students have met their learning objective.

"Despite the best efforts, the online activities never fully replace hands-on activities," Kenyon told Rural News.

"The students have adapted and coped very well and, remember the modern student is very good at handling electronic media sources."

He says it was probably more of a challenge for staff to adapt their teaching to develop virtual field trips.

But Kenyon says the farms involved were very helpful in terms of providing a virtual alternative and the students seem to respond to that quite well.

Normally at this time of the year, Massey stages a special dinner to honour its top ag students, but this was also cancelled due to Covid. Kenyon says despite this the internal assessment results of this year's students was equivalent to last year.

The joint winners of the William Gerrish Memorial Awards for excellence in farm management were Chelsea Hopkins and Bruce Donald. Both come from farms in the Manawatu area.

Benjamin Crane received the Massey Agriculture Student of the Year Award.

This award is nominated by fellow students and is for the person considered to have made the best contribution to the well-being and reputation of students in the agricultural programmes.

The Zespri prize for excellence in horticulture was awarded to Bram Paans, who grew up on a mixed organic and conventional market garden enterprise in Wairarapa.

More like this

Rising up to challenges

Dr Danny Donaghy is professor of dairy systems at Massey University and a specialist in pasture agronomy and physiology.

Aiming for homegrown NZ gin

Despite a plethora of new gins appearing all over NZ, the country is yet to grow local juniper berries at any scale for gin production or for export.

Hogget lambs - keep or quit?

Should twins born to ewe hoggets and grown out to heavy weights be retained as replacements and mated as ewe lambs?

National

Machinery & Products

A new approach to apprenticeships

By taking a new approach to its apprenticeship programme, agricultural equipment supplier Norwood says it is ensuring farmers’ machinery will…

Buck-Rake does the job

With many self-propelled forage harvester manufacturers offering machines hitting 1000hp, the bottleneck in any harvesting system is always likely to…

Pigtail standards made to last

Feedback from farmers highlighted frustration at the time and cost involved in frequently replacing failed pigtail posts.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Say what?

OPINION: This old mutt almost choked while chewing his bone when he happened upon the latest politically-correct advice that’s been…

Why bother?

OPINION: A mate of the Hound’s recently applied for membership with Ashburton-based farm supply co-operative Ruralco.

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter