Young people with an interest in a career in agri-food production are being invited to compete in an innovative skills-based competition. ‘The ABP Angus Youth Challenge’ is being launched by ABP in association with the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group. It is open to groups of 14-16-year olds with a strong interest in agriculture or agri-food production. Following entry and shortlisting by video and interview, three finalist teams will be awarded five Aberdeen Angus calves each at next year’s Balmoral Show. The teams will rear their calves through to finishing and fully benefit from the net profit at sale of the calves to ABP.

An additional £1,000 cash prize will be awarded to one overall winning team. All finalists will receive skills development, inductions and insights into the meat production supply chain from farm to retail presentation over the course of an 18-month programme with ABP.

Entries will be accepted from teams of 2-5 individuals in Years 11 & 12 or aged 14-16. Teams can choose to represent a local school, club or society. The competition is also open to an ambitious group of friends who have what it takes to impress the judges. Shortlisting will be based on producing a short video followed by interview, exploring who they are, their understanding of ABP; the Aberdeen Angus breed and their interest in agriculture and food production.

Entries to the competition for 2020 are now open. Full details on how to enter can be found on or by clicking on the photo above.