Five schools take on calf rearing task

Students have been chosen from five schools to rear Irish Angus calves for 18 months in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

Run by the Irish Angus Producer Group in association with ABP and Kepak, the competition encourages second level students to gain an understanding about beef production and marketing.

Following a competitive application process, students from Castleknock College, Dublin; Moate Community School, Westmeath; Sligo Grammar School; St Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Co Cork; and St Louis Community School, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo, were chosen to progress to the next stage of the competition.

The teams will each receive five Irish Angus cross calves in September, to rear for slaughter in 2021. Each school will complete a project on an aspect of farming and the food chain.

The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition aims to allow students to apply classroom knowledge in a real-life setting.

Each finalist team will receive the financial benefit from selling their animals, on completion of the project. The winning students also get a grant of €2,000 for their further education.

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