At an awards ceremony in Croke Park, Conor Murphy, Ciaran McManus and Dylan Cronin from Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown were honoured for their participation in the 2019 Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.
Organised by the Irish Angus Producer Group, ABP and Kepak, the initiative challenges students to rear five Irish Angus Cross calves for 18 months until their slaughter as part of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project.
The three students researched ‘The importance of planned production in beef farming’. The students designed a creative board game based on the popular Snakes & Ladders, and highlighted the challenges and opportunities that farmers can face in beef production. Having knowledge of the best route to take was a key takeaway from the game and the game layout also outlined the flexibility that farmers must have in adapting to their route. The students themselves faced setbacks which they had to overcome in the rearing of their Angus calves, due to unpredictable weather conditions.
The group were one of five finalists selected to take part in the competition over 18 months which 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.