Applications are now open for the 2022 competition – enter today!

If you’re in Transition Year, here’s your chance to shape the future of farming!

Competition Background

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 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.

 

How to enter?

To apply, please fill out the online competition application form here. Teams should then upload their 3-minute application video to YouTube as an unlisted video discussing the following:

    • Introduction to your school and team members
    • Role of Ag Science within the school
    • Pick a project theme that you consider important such as improving Animal Genetics, Sustainable Agriculture, Farm Health & Safety, Increasing Consumer Awareness of Quality Irish Beef
    • Why would you like to win 5 Angus calves

 

The YouTube video link should be emailed to schools@certifiedirishangus.ie.

 

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. Show your personality and think outside the box!

 

Closing date for entries is 19th November 2021. Follow @CertifiedIrishAngus on social media for updates, prizes, networking opportunities, and more.

 

Read competition terms and conditions here.

 

Who can enter the competition?

Competition stages

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Previous Winners

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.

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.

Interested in taking part?

Applications are now open for the 2022 competition – shape the future of farming!