Students from Tipperary school are finalists in national calf rearing contest

Aileen Hahesy


Aileen Hahesy

Students from Tipperary school are finalists in national calf rearing contest

The finalists from The Abbey School, Tipperary : Sean Gubbins, Liam Hayes, Darragh Barlow, Conor Farrell, Michael Comon.

Five students from The Abbey School in Tipperary Town are one of five school groups who have been chosen to rear five Irish Angus calves for 18 months for the Certified Irish Angus Schools Calf Rearing Competition.

The 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 Irish Angus beef for consumers. 

The announcement comes after a competitive application process, whereby student groups vying to take part in the competition presented their original project ideas to a panel of judges comprised of agri-food industry professionals at a recent high-profile exhibition at  Croke Park, Dublin. 

Sean Gubbins, Liam Hayes, Darragh Barlow, Conor Farrell and Michael Comon from The Abbey School, in Tipperary Town were revealed as one of the five finalists of this year’s competition. 

The students designed a proposal about how to promote the quality of Angus beef to the wider community. 

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 applicants for this year’s competition.

Speaking about the finalists, Charles Smith, General Manager, Certified Irish Angus said, “We are thrilled to announce our finalists for the competition this year, despite the schools being closed at this time.

“It is great to have a representation from enthusiastic students all across the country. The finalist groups have been selected from more than thirty-five school groups who exhibited their project ideas at our Croke Park event.

“The standard of applicants this year was exceptional, and it was a tough decision to choose just five finalists! We are very much looking forward to watching these finalist groups progress in the competition over the next 18 months”.

The five groups will each receive five Irish Angus calves in September, which they will rear for 18 months. In addition to rearing the calves, the students will complete a research project linked to the senior-cycle Agricultural Science curriculum which focusses on a particular aspect of farming and beef production. The individual project themes will be announced when the groups receive their calves in September.

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 to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

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