Tipperary Students Among Finalists Set to Rear Five Angus Calves In Unique Schools Competition

At a special event at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois this week, RTE broadcaster Carl Mullan revealed the six schools that will progress as finalists in the Certified Irish Angus school’s competition. Among the finalist groups challenged to rear Angus calves were Grainne O’Donnell, Karen Campion, Louise Creagh and Louise Hickey from Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles.

 

The initiative organised by Certified Irish Angus in association with its partners ABP and Kepak has increased in popularity in recent years with schools excelling from both urban and rural schools with farming and non-farming backgrounds. The unique competition sees the student groups actively involved in the rearing of five Irish Angus cattle in order to allow them to gain an understanding of the care and attention that is required to produce top quality Irish beef under a sustainable family farming system.

 

Tipperary Students Among Finalists Set to Rear Five Angus Calves In Unique Schools Competition

Grainne O’Donnell, Karen Campion, Louise Creagh and Louise Hickey from Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles were at the National Ploughing Championships this week where they were presented with five Certified Irish Angus calves that they will rear as part of a unique school’s competition, organised by Certified Irish Angus in association with its partners ABP and Kepak.

Meet The Finalists

Over the next 18 months, Grainne O’Donnell, Karen Campion, Louise Creagh and Louise Hickey will rear five Irish Angus calves while carrying out research on an important topic. The group will focus on the ‘Health benefits of eating Angus beef’, highlighting the superior eating quality of Certified Irish Angus Beef to consumers and profiling the value of red meat as part of a healthy balanced diet.

 

The Tipperary group join students from St. Louis’ High School, Rathmines; Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew; Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard; Abbey Community College, Boyle; St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney as the successful finalists for this year’s competition.

 

Speaking about the event Charles Smith, General Manager for Certified Irish Angus said,: “We are honoured to be welcomed back today by the National Ploughing Association for this special event, allowing the school’s competition finalists to meet their Angus calves for the first time. Standards were extremely high once again this year, with brilliant applications received from students of all backgrounds – inner-city schools and groups with rural and farming backgrounds.

 

We are delighted to reveal these six schools as worthy finalists today. During the interview stages, these groups stood out to the judges for taking great interest in the agri-food industry and for bringing new perspectives, ideas, and findings to the competition. The next 18 months will be exciting, challenging and rewarding for these students as they navigate their way through the competition.”

 

The Next Round

The competition organisers are looking for enthusiastic Transition Year students across Ireland to be the next finalists of the popular competition. Each finalist group will receive a once in a lifetime opportunity to rear five Angus calves for 18 months, while preparing a research project on a relevant topic. The project themes will cover the important topics of Improving Animal Genetics, Sustainable Agriculture , Farm Health & Safety, Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Quality of Irish Food and in Particular Irish Beef.

 

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.

 

Visit www.certifiedirishangus.ie/schools for information about the competition stages and how to enter. The closing date for entries is 19th November 2021.

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