Schools receive calves in ABP Youth Challenge

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BALLYCASTLE: Cross & Passion College, Ballycastle, are through to the final stage of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge. Pictured is the team representing the school, Conor John McGarry, DJ McAlister and Aidan Hamilton with back row from left: School Principal Paul McClean with teachers Sharon Walker and Martina Devlin.

THE agri-food business ABP is taking five school teams forward to the 2020-2021 final stage of its skills development programme for teenagers, the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.

The teams represent Ballymena Academy, Castle Tower School, Cross and Passion College, Ballycastle, Magherafelt High School and Omagh Academy.

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Each team has already been presented with a ‘mini-herd’ of five Angus cross calves, compliments of ABP. Over the next 18 months they will have to rear these calves through to finishing and then sell them to ABP.

All finalists will also take part in a learning and development programme. This will entail working on forward-looking research assignments that challenge them to explore innovative techniques and proposals for the future benefit of sustainable beef production in Northern Ireland. They will also be given training and skills development.

The teams’ performance across all aspects of the final stage will be continually assessed to determine an overall winning group that will be the recipient of the £1,000 cash prize for their school. There will also be awards for Runner-up and Outstanding Individual Achievement.

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The competition is currently open for new entries from schools, clubs and societies to take part in the 2021-2022 programme. Deadline is noon on December 4.

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