TWO 16-year-old Transition Year students at Glenamaddy Community School – with a passion for Angus cattle – are this week in with a fighting chance of winning a prestigious All-Ireland title at Croke Park.
Judging for the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition 2017 took place in Croke Park yesterday (Wednesday) where John Duignan from Ballymoe and Cathal Moran from Kilkerrin had their project judged.
The winners – from a shortlisted number of projects submitted by schools right across the country – will be announced over the coming fortnight.
If John and Cathal manage to pull off the title, they will then be the recipients of five pedigree, six-months-old, Aberdeen Angus calves at this year’s National Ploughing Finals in September.
The boys’ Agricultural Science teacher, Marie Hession, said that the two lads had put in a huge effort for the project involving farm walks, consultation with marts, vets and contacts with meat processors.
“We are very proud of them and of course we’re all hoping that they can go the whole way and win it outright. One way or another, they’ve put in a massive effort over the past few months – they have done us all proud,” said Marie Hession.
She said that the primary focus of the project was in the promotion of Angus cattle as a breed that’s ideally suited for many farmers in the West of Ireland.
“The excellent temperament of the breed and their ease of calving are major plus factors, especially in the context of many farmers in the West, who are working on their own most of the time.
“The two lads have concentrated primarily on promoting the advantages of the Angus breed with local farmers. Angus meat is a premium, high value product – that’s another key part of the message from John and Cathal,” said Marie Hession.
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