HC Deb 15 May 1912 vol 38 c1135

asked the Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture (Ireland) what is the area of his Department's property in Ballyhaise, county Cavan; what is the area of the property referred to now under tillage; how many workmen are employed on the lands and how many agricultural students are being trained at this station; will he state what percentage of students trained at this agricultural institution have obtained positions under his Department; and what is the cost of working this agricultural station?

Mr. T. W. RUSSELL (Vice-President of the Department of Agriculture, Ireland)

The total area of the Ballyhaise property, including waste, water roads, and 200 acres of woods, is 820 statute acres. Of this 570 acres are arable, of which one-fourth is under tillage rotation. From twenty-four to thirty workmen are employed on the property. Fifteen agricultural and seventeen creamery students were admitted this session. The station is used for carrying out experiments. 4.8 per cent, of the students have obtained employment under the Department, The cost of the station is about £1,800 per annum.