Round Table competition winner unveiled

A Scottish Agricultural College (SAC) student has been selected by the Scottish Sheep Strategy, supported by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), to participate in a major sheep breeding event.

Edinburgh student Zara Chestnutt was selected from the entries for an expenses-paid trip to Sheep Breeders Round Table 2009, which will be held at Stratford-Upon-Avon from 13 to 15 November.

The sponsorship will cover the winning delegate’s conference fee, accommodation for the duration of the conference and travel expenses up to the value of £200. The whole package is worth about £500 to the winner.

QMS livestock development manager Kathy Peebles said: “Zara was selected as we felt that attending the Sheep Breeders Round Table would give her the opportunity to meet with farmers and researchers who are at the forefront of developing and putting into practice the latest in sheep breeding technology.”

Chestnutt is in her final year of study of an Agriculture Honours degree course at SAC Edinburgh, where, during the year, she will be studying animal breeding and genetics and will be undertaking a research project supervised by Dr Lutz Bunger.

She said: “The opportunity to attend the Sheep Breeders Round Table would be an excellent opportunity to be inspired by leading researchers and discuss with breeders the relevance of my project.

“I have always taken great interest in sheep-breeding, having been encouraged from an early age by my father, a Texel breeder for some 30 years in Northern Ireland.”

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