Dunshaughlin students to raise calves as part of 18-month competition

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(L-R) Eric Allen, Liam Byrne, David Malone and Eoin O’Sullivan from Dunshaughlin Community College who are finalists in this year’s Certified Irish Angus schools’ competition.

The competition 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.

At a special event at today’s National Plowing Championships, five secondary schools were selected as finalists in this year’s Certified Irish Angus schools’ competition.

Eoin O’Sullivan, Liam Byrne, David Malone and Eric Allen from Dunshaughlin Community College were among the students from schools in Meath, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and Westmeath, who met the Irish Angus-Cross calves they will rear for the first time at the event.

The competition 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.

After the National Plowing Championships, the students will take the calves home where they will rear them for 18-months as part of this unique competition.

The Dunshaughlin Community College project will explore the theme ‘A holistic approach to improving animal performance’ and will address the use of natural resources, grass, and breeding to improve sustainability.

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