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Related articles in Google Scholar. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Nutritional and economic impact of five alternative front-of-pack nutritional labels: experimental evidence. Machine learning in agricultural and applied economics. He served as Vice President of the Society from to The time that Robertson was at Edinburgh was one of agricultural expansion with unprecedented levels of government funding.
His new posts allowed Robertson to create an institution that catered for teaching, research and provided an advisory service. With Robertson at the helm, the Edinburgh School of Agriculture became a world leading centre for research and teaching.
Despite the Department being described as being "so unwieldy as to be totally unmanageable", Robertson, who by nature was self-effacing and quiet, gave the Department purpose, drew it together and shepherded it through one of theC most successful periods in its history. College and University staff shared resources and worked together to gain international recognition for education, research and advisory work. The latter was concerned with conservation and land use, bringing together heads and others from local university departments and research institutions.
The Centre promoted co-operation, including interdisciplinary research. Robertson also represented the University on several governing bodies of research institutes, including as Chairman of Governors of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for nine years. Prior to retirement Robertson lived in the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh, where every day he walked his dog, a border collie.
Robertson retired in Here he also walked his dog in the nearby woodlands and hills. In his retirement Robertson devoted himself to a number of projects. He started in Pakistan where for six months he helped write an agricultural research plan for that country.
On his return he drew on his management experience and knowledge of horticulture and botanic gardens to be an active Trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh , furthering its teaching and research. As Vice-Chairman and founder Committee member of the Garden's Friends' organisation, Robertson also promoted the Botanic Garden as place for the general public to enjoy.
Robertson hired machines and rented land from a neighbour and built up stocks of selected narcissi.
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While his farm was not very profitable, Robertson had the satisfaction of having set up a successful business. Drawing on advice from staff at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Robertson also advised a friend on planting, especially of rhododendrons , in his large garden of Ellibank. Robertson died on 2 July His funeral was held at Walkerburn parish church. Despite many botanists and agriculturists being present, his funeral was a family occasion.
Robertson had requested that the minister say little about his academic work. In Robertson married Doreen Colina Gardner, a doctor and cellist. They had known each other since they were at school. They had four children, two boys and two girls. With Ian Fleming, Robertson wrote a history of the chair that he had held for many years, Britain's first chair of Agriculture which was established in Counties Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow account for over a third of this total decline in farmland.
Farm size Average farm size in Ireland has more than doubled over the same period, from 14 to 33ha. The average farm in Donegal has quadrupled in size over the last century, from 7 to 28ha, while average farm sizes trebled in Louth, Dublin and Cavan. Tillage The area of land used for growing barley and wheat has approximately trebled between and , while the area used for potatoes dropped by over 90pc, as did the area used for growing oats.
Cattle numbers The total number of cattle in Ireland increased by 58pc from just under 4. Transport There were 9, cars registered in Ireland in , compared to 1. Birth and infant mortality rates In the infant mortality rate was The infant death rates were higher in Dublin city, with one-room tenements likely contributing to disease.
Deaths and life expectancy There were 50, deaths in which gave a death rate of About one in eight deaths was due to bronchitis and pneumonia, another one in eight was due to TB. Baby boys born in can expect to live for nearly 25 more years than those born in , while baby girls can expect to live 28 years longer.
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Marriages 92pc of the 15, marriages in were Catholic ceremonies while Church of Ireland and Presbyterian ceremonies accounted for 7pc. The main emphasis in veterinary education in the early part of the century and right up to the s - when I studied - was the horse, writes retired vet Joe Connolly from Co Galway. The horse was king. The working or Draught horse was the chief farm drudge and was looked on reverently, not alone for its intelligence but also for its ability to perform the hard pulling; he was the "tractor" of the early 20th century.
There was at least one horse on each middling-sized farm; the poorer farmers had to be content with a donkey on which little enough respect was conferred. Almost all medicines during the first half of the century were derived from the plant world and from various and even exotic plants worldwide. Synthetic drugs manufacturing was far in the future. Oil of Terebinth - derived from turpentine - was used as an internal antiseptic, an anthelmintic agent against worm infestations and as an expectorant to help the animal cough.
No farmer's shelf was without a bottle of Coopers Gaseous Fluid. It was also a turpentine derivative and used for all of the above and for the mythical condition of 'wool ball' which was understood to be very widespread at this time. Milk fever in cows was treated by pumping air in to the teats and udder to create a compression, while 'blistering' of lumps and bumps was often performed by local quacks. By the turn of the century, Ireland was beginning to copy international trends, explains UCC food historian Regina Sexton. She pointed out it depended on whether you were in an urban or rural setting, with the likes of the wealth country houses following classic French-style cooking.
However, there was a rise in the consumption of convenience foods, with tinned products and processed foods in working and middle-class diets in urban areas, while there was still a mix of vegetables, potatoes and oatmeal in the diet in rural locations. More wheat, meat, fish and eggs were coming into working-class diets, while tea drinking became a feature of both rural and urban dwellers.
Ms Sexton said that the diet of the average labourer may have become broader, but in nutrition terms it as inferior. This was caused by easier access to cheap food like fatty bacon, white bread and sugar. Better transport meant more goods were in circulation. She pointed out the Irish Independent on Monday, March 20, showed prices were strong for items like eggs, and prices were high as demand surpassed supply in vegetables such as Savoy and York cabbages, sprouts, cauliflowers, celery, scallions, sea kale and rhubarb. Blockades at meat factories end but beef market faces new struggles.
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