Barenbrug, one of the UK’s leading grass seed producers, has announced that Kerrie Brown, a student from Florencecourt, has joined its Northern Ireland forage team on a university placement.
Kerrie will work at Barenbrug until August 2016 as part of the third year of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Agricultural Technology with Professional Studies at QUB and Greenmount.
During her work placement, Kerrie will shadow David Linton, Regional Sales Manager for Barenbrug in Northern Ireland, assisting him with customer liaison and administrative matters and will also learn about the practical grassland management advice.
Kerrie began her course in 2013 and spent the first two years at Greenmount learning theory and  practical skills. Her role at Barenbrug is her second internship having completed a placement on a dairy farm in Canada.
David Linton from Barenbrug, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kerrie to the Barenbrug team. This is the first time we have had a student work with us in Northern Ireland and I’m sure Kerrie will be well received by our customers. It’s vital to encourage the next generation into the farming industry and help them develop their professional skills.”
Kerrie, from a suckler to beef and sheep farm said: “When I began my degree and had to decide on which work placements to take.I am incredibly grateful to David and the team at Barenbrug for giving me this opportunity and  for allowing me to learn more about the company’s work and practical grassland management – a key skill for all farmers.”