St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
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St Louis through to final of ABP Angus Youth Challenge

19 Apr 2018

Pupils from St Louis are through to the final of a major agri-food skills competition, The ABP Angus Youth Challenge. 

The finalist teams will now go on to receive five Angus cross calves per group at a prize-giving ceremony on 18thMay at Balmoral Show. They are embarking on a programme with ABP that will see them developing skills and knowledge across the beef supply chain from farm to fork. This will culminate in the sale of their Angus cattle to ABP with the net profit shared out amongst their group.

Congratulating the finalists, Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland, George Mullan said, "It was clear from the judging of the semi-finalists by an independent panel of industry experts, the standard was very high. So we decided to take four teams forward to the next stage. We are looking forward to working with these enthusiast young people who are already demonstrating a strong interest in the agri-food sector. I would like to wish them every success for the next stage.”

Each team has now been assigned a special project to develop over the next 18 months. Their projects will challenge them to explore innovative and forward-looking techniques and proposals for the future benefit of meat production in Northern Ireland.

The finalists range from 14-16 years old. St Louis Grammar’s finalists all have farming backgrounds. They will be working on the concept of Family Farms as a Driver of Sustainable Agriculture. The school’s Geography teacher is supporting them on the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.

The teams’ performance across all aspects of the final stage will be continually assessed to determine the overall winning group and the recipient of the £1,000 cash prize for their school. 

The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is organised in partnership with the Northern Irish Angus Producers Group. Judging the semi-finalists were industry experts and representatives from leading organisations across the farming and agri-food sectors including CAFRE, the LMC, NIFDA, the UFU and YFCU.

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