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Wednesday 13 December 2017

City slickers scoop calf-rearing farm prize

Students Emily Browne, Tara Frehill, Shauna Jager and Eithne Murray from Our Lady’s School, Terenure, who reared five Angus cross calves. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke
Students Emily Browne, Tara Frehill, Shauna Jager and Eithne Murray from Our Lady’s School, Terenure, who reared five Angus cross calves. Photo: Finbarr O’Rourke
Margaret Donnelly

Margaret Donnelly

A group of Dublin schoolgirls have been crowned the winners of the Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition for rearing calves.

The four students from Our Lady's School, Terenure, in the Dublin suburbs, may have had no farming background but entered the national competition regardless.

Eithne Murray, Tara Frehill, Emily Browne, and Shauna Jager devoted 18 months to bringing the calves up and claimed the Certified Irish Angus Beef schools competition.

The girls are also among those who will sit the first ever Agricultural Science Leaving Certificate examination in Our Lady's School this June.

As part of their winning project, they reared their five Angus cross calves on a farm in Manor Kilbride, Tallaght, from September 2015 through to their slaughter in November 2016.

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