Pupils from Thurles School were awarded Irish Angus calves at the National Plowing Championships

During a special event at today’s National Plowing Championships, Mary-Claire Fitzpatrick, TikTok influencer and RTÉ host, revealed the five secondary schools that have been selected as finalists in this year’s Angus Certified Irish Schools competition .

Kaitlyn Ryan, Gráinne Callanan, Evie Smyth and Rebekah Smith from Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles were among pupils from schools in Meath, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Westmeath, who met the Irish Angus-Cross calves they will breed for the first time at the event.

The Certified Irish Angus Schools competition, organized by Certified Irish Angus and its processing partners, ABP and Kepak, aims to encourage second-tier students to understand the tremendous care and attention required to produce and market the highest quality beef. for consumers. . After the National Plowing Championships, the students will take the calves home where they will raise them for 18 months in this unique competition.

The five schools were narrowed down from 140 entries after a multi-stage competitive interview process earlier this year. In addition to calf rearing, the schools will carry out a project focusing on a different aspect of agriculture, the food chain and sustainability. The Ursuline girls will explore the theme “Health and Safety on Cattle Farms” which will explore how a farmer’s physical and mental health can be affected, both positively and negatively, by his lifestyle.

The Certified Irish Angus Schools competition aims to enable students to apply the knowledge acquired in the classroom to a real-life environment. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit related to the sale of animals to processors at the end of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their continuing education.


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