Gorey Students Presented with Calves

Eoin Kelly, Charles Smith, General Manager for Certified Irish Angus, Padraig Kinsella and Caoimhe Crean.

Certified Irish Angus award Irish Angus Calves to successful Gorey students

This week, students from Gorey Community School, Co. Wexford were one of five secondary schools nationwide who were presented with Irish Angus calves as part of the Certified Irish Angus schools’ competition. The group who were announced as finalists in April of this year were delighted to meet the five calves that they will rear for the next 18 months. 

Certified Irish Angus, in conjunction with its processing partners ABP and Kepak, runs the competition to educate second-level students about the care and attention required to produce Certified Irish Angus beef while also inspiring students to consider the Irish agri-food industry as a valuable career choice. 

Eoin Kelly, Caoimhe Crean, Caoimhe Horan and Padraig Kinsella from Gorey Community School, in Gorey Co. Wexford, welcomed the five Irish Angus calves who will be reared on Padraig’s family farm. 

Caoimhe Crean, Eoin Kelly and Padraig Kinsella from Gorey Community School

Over the next 18 months, the group will also carry out a research project which will assist with their Agricultural Science studies. The group will explore The Environmental and Economic Benefits of Producing Certified Irish Angus Beef. Throughout the study, the students will investigate how the Angus breed reduces agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and improves the economic value of the dairy calf. 

Speaking about the finalists, Charles Smith, General Manager for Certified Irish Angus said,: 

“We are thrilled to present this year’s finalist groups with the Irish Angus calves that they will rear for the next 18 months. While other school activities may be cancelled, our unique competition provides a fantastic opportunity for these students to enjoy the nature we have to offer. Now more than ever, young people rely on the benefits of spending time outdoors for good physical and mental wellbeing.  Throughout the course of the competition, the finalists will gain the chance to learn about producing an award-winning beef product and discover the many career opportunities within our agri-food industry.” 

The Wexford group join students from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon; Boherbue Comprehensive School, Cork; Carrick-On-Shannon Community School, Leitrim and The Abbey School, Tipperary Town as the successful finalists for this year’s competition.  

The Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition aims to allow students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real-life setting. Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

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