WITH one week to go until the closing date for the ABP Angus Youth Challenge, the organisers have issued a final call for teams of 14-15 years olds to compete to win their own mini-herd of Angus cross calves.
“The 2022 programme has been designed exclusively for teenagers in Year 11,” explained Charles Smith of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group.
“With the pandemic continuing to disrupt education, a new schedule will facilitate ease of participation alongside a range of GCSE course-work such as agriculture and land use; home economics, business studies and more. In addition, pupils can develop transferable skills and hands-on experience of the food production industry from farm to fork.”
Entry is by way of a short video followed by an online shortlisting interview. The successful teams will then be invited to take part in an exhibition-style event during the Hallowe’en break.
An independent panel will judge the teams and their displays to determine who gets through to the finalist programme. This will involve rearing their prize calves through to finishing; working on projects alongside a CAFRE mentor; as well as receiving training in communication and presentation skills and taking
part in a farm-to-fork work in-spiration experience with ABP.
Currently Castle Tower School in
Ballymena, Cross and Passion Coll-
ege, Ballycastle, Ballymena Acad-emy, Magherafelt High School, and Omagh Academy are due to complete their finalist programme at the end of this year. Meanwhile Dalriada School, Ballymoney; Cookstown High
School; Friends’ School Lisburn and St Kevin’s College, Lisnaskea, commenced their finalist programme in June of this year.
An additional £1,000 cash prize is awarded to an overall winning school/club or group at the end of the finalist programme. You do not have to live on a farm to take part. Entries close September 27.
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