Hereford Bursary Competition back for its 3rd Year

Win one of 5 €1,000 Agricultural Education Bursaries

Due to the popularity of the Irish Hereford Bursary Competition, over the past two years attracting interest from numerous aspiring students hoping to pursue a career in the agri-sector, we have decided to organise it again for the 3rd consecutive year.

The competition is funded by the Irish Hereford Breed Society in collaboration with Slaney Foods International & LIDL Ireland, who are delighted to support this programme again in 2018.

Previous Winners Testimonies

“From start to finish, the competition was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, with many great people met along the way. It can provide students with a motivating challenge to show their interest in the industry which they will find themselves leading, in years not so far into the future. The scheme helped prepare me academically and financially for my studies at UCD and I could not recommend it enough to anybody planning a career in the agri-sector.”  – Noel Bardon, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath 

“I would 100% recommend taking part in the competition to any young person with an interest in Irish agriculture. The entire process is incredibly rewarding and the experience you get is fantastic. I was thrilled to win a bursary, but more importantly for me was the work and study I put into the essay. It proved to me a passion and capability that I had for agriculture and cemented my decision to become more involved in the farm.” – Hannah Quinn Mulligan, Croom, Co. Limerick


To be in with a chance of winning one of these bursaries, candidates should submit an assignment entitled: “A Young Farmer’s opportunities and challenges in Beef Farming”. Discuss (maximum 2,000 words) with their name, address and contact number clearly displayed on their assignment, by e-mail no later than Friday 31st August 2018 to:

Ten qualifiers will be contacted by phone on Monday 10th September and will be required to attend the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 19th September to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners.

For further details of the programme please see Terms and Conditions at  You can also find these at and

In case of queries, students may contact the Irish Hereford Breed Society Ltd. on 044/9348855.


AWARDS: 5 x €1,000 Bursary Awards
SPONSORS: The Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lidl Ireland and Slaney Foods International

In order to participate in this competition, you must choose and begin a Level 6 or higher course in Agriculture in 2018 in Ireland.

To enter, submit an assignment entitled:

A Young Farmer’s Opportunities and
Challenges in Beef Farming” – Discuss

Email your application to: by
no later than Friday 31st August, at 11:59 pm. Limit one assignment per person, which must be written in English and must not exceed two thousand (2,000) words. No substitutions, new drafts or corrected pages will be accepted once you have submitted your original assignment. All assignments become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned. Sponsors assume no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries. By submitting an application, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsors, which are final and binding.

Sponsors are looking for eligible applicants who submit assignments that are well-written and clearly and creatively address the topic.

We will select ten (10) potential winners based on the criteria of;

  • Writing ability (20%)
  • Passion for agriculture (20%)
  • Originality (25%)
  • Overall excellence (25%)
  • Interview (10%)

Potential winners will be contacted by phone on Monday 11th September. They will then be required to attend the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore on Wednesday 19th September and be available to be interviewed by a well-known figure in Irish agriculture who will select the final 5 winners. In the event of a tie, the final winners will be the applicants with the higher score for overall excellence. Sponsors shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winners for any reason. Prize-winning assignments may be posted on the Sponsors’ Websites, or used in other marketing materials, without further compensation or notice to the winners, and the applicants consent and confirm the same herein.

Five winners will receive a Bursary prize in the amount of one thousand Euro (€1,000.00) each. Each Bursary prize will be in the form of a cheque made payable to the prize recipient, once he/she has enrolled in an accredited institution and submitted proof of enrollment to the Sponsors in the form of a receipt from their institution of choice. Bursary prize recipients must submit proof of enrollment within 30 days of notification. Bursary prizes may not be assigned, transferred, or changed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. No cash equivalent prizes will be awarded. The awarding of any bursary prize is contingent upon full compliance with these official rules. Applicants agree to be bound by official rules and agree that if any scholarship prize recipient fails to provide proof of identity, is found to have violated the official rules or otherwise does not meet eligibility criteria, the scholarship prize will be forfeited. Applicants understand that Sponsors are not liable for injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from participation in this scholarship programme and acceptance, possession and use of scholarship prize. Sponsors are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the scholarship programme or in the announcement of the Bursary prize.

By submitting an Assignment, you acknowledge that the Sponsors may also call and/or send you information that pertains to your application.

Except where prohibited, by accepting a Bursary prize, the prize recipients agree that Sponsors may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promotions.

7. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION Each person who enters this competition represents and warrants to Sponsors that Assignment entered is the applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work.

Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the Scholarship Programme, to be acting in violation of these official rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.

The names of the 5 Bursary recipients will be posted on the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Slaney Foods International and Lidl websites.

The Bursary is sponsored by the Irish Hereford Breed Society, Lidl Ireland and Slaney Foods International.

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