Grammar school brings home calves from Carlow
At the National Ploughing Championships, in Carlow, RTÉ Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan met with Sligo Grammar School and presented them with the passports for the five Irish Angus Cross calves which they will bring home to rear as part of a unique secondary schools' competition.
The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition run by the Irish Angus Producer Group, along with its processor partners, ABP Ireland and Kepak aims to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the considerable care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.
Teams from St. Louis Community School, Kiltimagh; Moate Community School; Sligo Grammar School; St. Aloysius College, and Castleknock College were selected following a competitive process earlier this year to receive the Irish Angus calves to rear for the next 18 months until their eventual slaughter.
In addition to rearing the calves, the schools will complete a project focussing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain. Sligo Grammar School students Genevieve Cox, Laura West, Rebecca, Harte, Sarah Cunningham, Rosie Wright and Emma O'Gorman will explore the theme 'Viability of Dairy Cross Angus Beef Production' and will address the benefits of the breed for consumers, farmers and other stakeholders including ease of management and lower environmental impact.