Prize Fund of €12,000
ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak Group, 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.
Each year, five school groups are chosen to receive five Irish Angus Cross calves. As part of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project the students are required to set milestones through the lifetime of the animals, rear them through to slaughter and visit processing and retail facilities to understand how the food chain works.
The project aims to allow students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real life setting. Each of the finalists received the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project which amounted to an average €6,800. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.
Check out our video of the Croke Park Exhibition 2017 here https://youtu.be/SbsiQXn4hUM
- 30 shortlisted groups will be invited to attend an event in Croke Park to showcase their entry on 14 March 2018
- 5 group finalists will each receive 5 Angus X calves to rear and each group will receive the financial benefit following their slaughter
- Their teacher will receive an iPad
- The school will receive a trophy
- In March 2019 an overall winner will be announced and receive an additional bursary of €2,000
- The competition is open to all Transition Year students
- Each group of students must submit a 3-minute video which explains and develops the following:
- Introduce the students and the school
- Address the role of Agricultural Science within the school
- Demonstrate an understanding of the three main sponsors of the competition – the Irish Angus Producer Group; ABP and Kepak
- Outline plans for the promotion of the Certified Irish Angus Beef brand if successful in winning calves
- Projects must be submitted by groups only (a group may consist of 2, 3 4 or 5 members who must be from the same school).
- The names, addresses, emails and phone numbers of the teacher and each student, along with the students’ dates of birth should also be included in writing with the USB.
- These should be sent by post to Irish Angus Producer Group, Longfield, Virginia, Co. Cavan
- An explanatory booklet giving full details of how to enter can be found here
Above: Emily Browne, Tara Frehill, Shauna Jager and Eithne Murray from Our Lady’s School, Terenure, proud winners of the 2016/2017 Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition.