Martha Sahota, a Solihull College & University Centre student has earned a scholarship from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare to fund her project into Bovine Behaviour.
Martha a BSc student studying Animal Behaviour and Welfare will study cow behavioural changes during calf separation and her project proposal has earned her an £800 scholarship. Spotting the scholarship advertised in her classroom Martha applied, proposed her ideas, was successful and will carry out the UFAW sponsored project over the course of the Summer. Her particular study is a rare one with only two previous studies on this subject. Martha hopes to discover if the number of calves makes a difference to the behaviour of the cows at calf separation.
Having a connection with cows since she was young and now the proud owner of 2 pet cows who live in her very own field, it’s a subject close to her heart. Martha has an enquiring mind for researching. Looking for somewhere to house her project she was helped out by a local pet shop who pointed her in the direction of a nearby farm. The Barston farm holders were very accommodating and her research project will involve setting up cameras at the farm to track the habits and practices of the calving cows.
Studying a foundation course before her degree Martha found her course at Solihull to be focussed and supportive, ‘The BSC really gave me the desire to find a job in research. I previously hadn’t thought about it. The small, intimate classes are more concise, offer support and the teachers really get to know you’.
In the future Martha’s prospects look bright, on track for a 1st class result Martha is looking to study either a Masters at Hartpury College, Gloucester or a Phd in Reading. As for her upcoming project, she’s hoping the results will be published on the UFAW website and offer her and the animal community more insight into her favourite animal.
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