Tipperary students presented with calves in Ireland’s leading Ag Science competition

Last week, students from The Abbey School, Tipperary Town were one of five secondary schools nationwide who were presented with Irish Angus calves as part of the Certified Irish Angus schools’ competition. The group who were announced as finalists in April of this year were delighted to meet the five calves that they will rear for the next 18 months.

Tipperary students presented with calves in Ireland’s leading Ag Science competition

Darragh Barlow, Seán Gubbins, Conor Farrell, Michael Comon and Liam Hayes from The Abbey School, Tipperary Town were one of five secondary school groups nationwide presented with Irish Angus calves this week as part of the Certified Irish Angus schools’ competition. Run in association with ABP and Kepak, the unique competition aims to encourage second-level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.

Certified Irish Angus, in conjunction with its processing partners ABP and Kepak, runs the competition to educate second-level students about the care and attention required to produce Certified Irish Angus beef while also inspiring students to consider the Irish agri-food industry as a valuable career choice.


Sean Gubbins, Liam Hayes, Darragh Barlow, Conor Farrell and Michael Comon from The Abbey School in Tipperary Town, welcomed the five Irish Angus calves who will be reared on Darragh’s family farm.


Over the next 18 months, the boys will also carry out a research project which will assist with their Agricultural Science studies. The group will focus on The Production of Certified Irish Angus Beef in a Sustainable Manner. Throughout the study, the students will investigate how to farm sustainably and manage the grasslands in a way that ensures the best quality standards from farm to fork.


Speaking about the finalists, Charles Smith, General Manager for Certified Irish Angus said,: “We are thrilled to present this year’s finalist groups with the Irish Angus calves that they will rear for the next 18 months. While other school activities may be cancelled, our unique competition provides a fantastic opportunity for these students to enjoy the nature we have to offer. Now more than ever, young people rely on the benefits of spending time outdoors for good physical and mental wellbeing.  Throughout the course of the competition, the finalists will gain the chance to learn about producing an award-winning beef product and discover the many career opportunities within our agri-food industry.”


The Tipperary group join students from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon; Gorey Community School, Wexford; Carrick-On-Shannon Community School, Leitrim and Boherbue Comprehensive School, Cork as the successful finalists for this year’s competition.


The Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition aims to allow students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real-life setting. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.


For further information on the project visit www.certifiedirishangus.ie

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