Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition

This exciting competition, which we run with our partners ABP Ireland and Kepak Group, challenges students to rear five Irish Angus calves over 18 months while completing a research project. The initiative aims to promote the Certified Irish Angus brand while educating students about the care and attention required to produce quality beef for consumers.

Each group also benefits from the proceeds raised through the sale of the animals at the end of the competition. The overall winners also receive a bursary towards further education.

Applications are now open for our 2020/2021 competition!

Complete the forms below to enter 

Application-Form 2021

Competition Brochure 2021

Competition stages

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Previous Winners

Rachel Alexander, Barry Stratford, Sophie Reilly, Lloyd Hastings and Kelvin McNally from Royal School Cavan  raised awareness for mental health among their local farming community, holding a ‘Walk in my Wellies’ fundraising event in their school for Pieta House.

Susan O’Neill, Jane McNamara, Aishling O’Neill, Aoibhinn Leahy & Emily Walsh from Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick city explored a project on The Importance of Irish Agriculture’.

The group created lesson plans that could be used by primary school teachers to explain agriculture, beef production and the benefits of Certified Irish Angus beef.

Mark Shorten and Conor Lehane from St. Brogan’s College, Bandon, Co. Cork investigated the topic “The benefits of Irish Angus cross Friesian calves for a mixed dairy and beef farm”.  They used their involvement in the campaign to give back to their community by hosting an event to raise funds for local charity, Cancer Connect.

They also donated a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of their calves to the West Cork Rapid Response Unit and to their school for use in supporting students with mental health issues.

Eithne Murray, Tara Frehill, Emily Browne and Shauna Jager from Our Lady’s School, Terenure explored the topic of “Increasing market awareness of the benefits of Certified Irish Angus Beef”. The group defied the odds emerging as clear winners in spite of being based in an urban setting, with no farming heritage or previous farming experience. They conducted research and set about increasing market awareness of the benefits of Certified Irish Angus Beef through events with fellow students, teachers, parent groups and in their community.

Clionadh Condon, Laura Clancy, Aoife Dullea and Meabhdh Sexton from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork studied the theme ‘Sustainability’. To these bright young girls who all hailed from family farms in the Clonakilty area, sustaining their family farms through reducing labour and increasing income was the key element for their project. Using the unique advantage of the long grazing season in West Cork, they compared the performance of animals kept indoors versus those kept outdoors and the substantial reduction in cost, labour and resources by the animals being outdoors. They showed how this benefitted the farmer and the environment through reduced machinery activity.

2020

Rachel Alexander, Barry Stratford, Sophie Reilly, Lloyd Hastings and Kelvin McNally from Royal School Cavan  raised awareness for mental health among their local farming community, holding a ‘Walk in my Wellies’ fundraising event in their school for Pieta House.

2019

Susan O’Neill, Jane McNamara, Aishling O’Neill, Aoibhinn Leahy & Emily Walsh from Laurel Hill Secondary School in Limerick city explored a project on The Importance of Irish Agriculture’.

The group created lesson plans that could be used by primary school teachers to explain agriculture, beef production and the benefits of Certified Irish Angus beef.

2018

Mark Shorten and Conor Lehane from St. Brogan’s College, Bandon, Co. Cork investigated the topic “The benefits of Irish Angus cross Friesian calves for a mixed dairy and beef farm”.  They used their involvement in the campaign to give back to their community by hosting an event to raise funds for local charity, Cancer Connect.

They also donated a significant portion of the proceeds from the sale of their calves to the West Cork Rapid Response Unit and to their school for use in supporting students with mental health issues.

2017

Eithne Murray, Tara Frehill, Emily Browne and Shauna Jager from Our Lady’s School, Terenure explored the topic of “Increasing market awareness of the benefits of Certified Irish Angus Beef”. The group defied the odds emerging as clear winners in spite of being based in an urban setting, with no farming heritage or previous farming experience. They conducted research and set about increasing market awareness of the benefits of Certified Irish Angus Beef through events with fellow students, teachers, parent groups and in their community.

Clionadh Condon, Laura Clancy, Aoife Dullea and Meabhdh Sexton from Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork studied the theme ‘Sustainability’. To these bright young girls who all hailed from family farms in the Clonakilty area, sustaining their family farms through reducing labour and increasing income was the key element for their project. Using the unique advantage of the long grazing season in West Cork, they compared the performance of animals kept indoors versus those kept outdoors and the substantial reduction in cost, labour and resources by the animals being outdoors. They showed how this benefitted the farmer and the environment through reduced machinery activity.

Interested in taking part?

Apply NOW for the next instalment of our school’s competition

Complete the forms below to enter and send to schools@certifiedirishangus.ie