Farming innovations displayed at BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition

[UK] The BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition proves that innovation is not curtailed by age, writes Anthony Jordan.

The BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition has grown in popularity in recent years and the 52nd competition is no different, with over 4,449 students registering to take part in this year’s event. This represents a 3.6% increase on last year. Irish Country Living set off to the RDS to meet this year’s crop of young scientists.

To investigate if the addition of micro algae to the diet of dairy cattle will increase or decrease the omega-3 content in their milk.

Are you getting enough omega-3 in your diet? TY students Rebecca O’Keefe and Lisa Aylward of Colaíste Choilm, Co Cork, examined the effects of adding microalgae rich in omega-3 into the food ration of dairy cows and if it subsequently increased the omega-3 content in their milk.

“It is widely recognised that Irish people are lacking in omega-3. So, we wanted to make a product rich in omega-3,” explains Lisa. “We introduced micro algae, which was in powdered form, into the diet of dairy cows to see if this increased the omega-3 in their milk.”

“Our results showed that the omega-3 content in milk improved, which is beneficial to humans as we drink the milk,” concludes Rebecca.

 

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