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Published Wednesday, 8th August 2018 in Study at SRUC news

Best baa none
Elizabeth Bauld with Andrew Barr, West of Scotland Director of the Texel Sheep Society

A recently graduated student from North Lanarkshire proved to be top of the flocks after picking up two awards at Scotland’s Rural College.

Elizabeth Bauld, who achieved a first-class honours degree in Applied Animal Science, won the Texel Sheep Society Educational Award for Best Honours Dissertation on a sheep-related topic.

The 22-year-old from Kilsyth, who studied at SRUC’s Edinburgh campus, also took home the R Stewart McDougall prize for best dissertation in Applied Animal Science.

Elizabeth, who has now taken up a job as Agricultural Officer at the Scottish Government, wrote A Comparison Between Transthoracic Ultrasound Scanning And ‘The Wheelbarrow Test’ For Diagnosis Of Ovine Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma In Sheep.

While writing her dissertation, Elizabeth also worked closely with the Moredun Research Institute, with which SRUC has a strategic partnership to advance livestock health, welfare production and resilience.

Elizabeth said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win these awards as I never for a minute expected to do so well. As well as the staff at SRUC, I must give my utmost thanks to Dr Christina Cousens at the Moredun Research Institute for all her support with the project, and to Duncan MacGregor, for providing me with all the practical experience I could ever have needed – and more – over the past three years at Burnhead Farm, which definitely enhanced the quality of my dissertation.” 

David Hopkins, Dean of SRUC’s Central Faculty, said: “These awards are testament to Elizabeth’s hard work in completing a truly excellent dissertation that shows an in-depth understanding of a complex subject. Not only do the passion and ideas of students such as Elizabeth benefit SRUC as an institution but, as the planet faces ever more complex challenges, our students also have the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the world in which we live.”

Andrew Barr, West of Scotland Director of the Texel Sheep Society, said: “The Texel Sheep Society is pleased to have once again supported the next generation of the sheep industry with its award. This year’s winner, Elizabeth Bauld, produced an excellent dissertation on an increasingly prevalent disease in Scottish flocks. With young people of Elizabeth’s calibre entering the industry, the future of British farming looks to be in safe hands.”

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