Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition Booklet

Applications are CLOSED for the 2022 competition.

 

Thank you for submitting your application to the 2022 Certified Irish Angus School Competition. The competition organisers are currently reviewing the applications and video submissions. We will be shortlisting the groups that will be attending the Interviews in January and notifying them in Early December via email.

Competition Background

This exciting competition, which we run with our partners ABP and Kepak, challenges students to rear five Irish Angus calves over 18 months while completing a research project. The project themes will cover the important topics of Improving Animal Genetics; Sustainable Agriculture; Farm Health & Safety; and Increasing Consumer Awareness of the Quality of Irish Food and in Particular Irish Beef.

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.

The organisers seek applicants who are eager to learn and have a willingness to engage in all activities from being outdoors, caring for animals to events with agri-industry experts.

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Who can enter the competition?

Competition stages

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Interested in taking part?

Applications are now open for the 2023 competition – enter today!

Closing date for entries is 18 th November 2022

Previous Winners

Eoin Kelly, Caoimhe Crean, Caoimhe Horan and Pádraig Kinsella from Gorey Community School, in Co. Wexford studied the theme of “The Environmental, Economic and Ethical Benefits of Producing Certified Irish Angus Beef”

As part of their project the group conducted a survey with dairy farmers which showed promising results for the consideration of using the Certified Irish Angus breed in dairy farming. They took on the challenge of educating farmers about how they could increase the economic value of a dairy-bred calf by using an Irish Angus sire and organised a number of events aimed at farmers to spread the message. This interesting message was spread among the Gorey community by creating a Certified Irish Angus recipe booklet which was distributed in the local Tesco store.

Emily O’Donovan, Kelsey Hourigan, Helen Savage, Leah Buckley and Rachel O’Gorman from St. Aloysius College, in Carrigtwohill Co. Cork studied the theme of Communicating with the Consumer & Producer.

In an effort to educate consumers on the beef process, they created an app called ‘Angus Adventures’. The students developed a fun game, allowing app users to ‘rear’ an Angus animal that needed to be fed, dosed, watered and washed, as well as providing interesting facts and information about the Angus breed and the school’s competition.

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.

2022

Eoin Kelly, Caoimhe Crean, Caoimhe Horan and Pádraig Kinsella from Gorey Community School, in Co. Wexford studied the theme of “The Environmental, Economic and Ethical Benefits of Producing Certified Irish Angus Beef”

As part of their project the group conducted a survey with dairy farmers which showed promising results for the consideration of using the Certified Irish Angus breed in dairy farming. They took on the challenge of educating farmers about how they could increase the economic value of a dairy-bred calf by using an Irish Angus sire and organised a number of events aimed at farmers to spread the message. This interesting message was spread among the Gorey community by creating a Certified Irish Angus recipe booklet which was distributed in the local Tesco store.

2021

Emily O’Donovan, Kelsey Hourigan, Helen Savage, Leah Buckley and Rachel O’Gorman from St. Aloysius College, in Carrigtwohill Co. Cork studied the theme of Communicating with the Consumer & Producer.

In an effort to educate consumers on the beef process, they created an app called ‘Angus Adventures’. The students developed a fun game, allowing app users to ‘rear’ an Angus animal that needed to be fed, dosed, watered and washed, as well as providing interesting facts and information about the Angus breed and the school’s competition.

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.

2016

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.