Agri Skills Development

AGRI SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

The ABP Angus Youth Challenge in Northern Ireland builds on the huge success of ABP’s sponsorship of the Angus School’s Competition in the Republic of Ireland.

ABP Supporting Agri-Skills Development & Employability of Young People in NI

ABP took the decision to become sole partner of the Northern Ireland Angus Producer Group to bring the initiative to the province back in September 2017. The competition invited 14-16-year olds with an interest in a career in agriculture or agri-food production to take part in teams of 2-5 individuals. Crucially there were no requirement to live on a farm to take part.

Entries were received from young people across every county in Northern Ireland. 11 teams were selected on the basis of video submission and interview to go through to the semi-final stage. This took the form of an interactive exhibition-style event at CAFRE’s Loughry Campus. An independent panel of judges assessed the teenagers’ projects which had to showcase their knowledge of ABP, quality beef production and the benefits of the Angus breed to the farmer and the consumer.

Judges were selected to offer a range of industry, educational and sectoral expertise, from leading agri-food bodies such as the College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise; the Ulster Farmers Union; the Livestock and Meat Commission; Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster and the Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association as well as a successful Angus breeder & Company Director, a qualified Vet and a prominent Farm Estates Manager.

The enthusiasm with which the children took to their brief and the standard of the concepts on display at the semi-final inspired ABP to recently select four 2018 finalists team to progress through to the final stage. These are Belfast Royal Academy; Enniskillen Royal Grammar; Rainey Endowed School Magherafelt and St Louis Grammar School, Ballymena.

These teams will go on to receive five Angus cross calves per group at a prize-giving ceremony on 18th May at Balmoral Show. They will be taking part in 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 each team’s Angus cattle to ABP with the net profit shared out amongst their group.

Each team has also 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 four schools announced as ABP Angus Youth Challenge finalists 2018

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Belfast Royal Academy

Charles Smith, left, general manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, managing director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Belfast Royal Academy pupils Hannah Hill, Charlotte Storey, Rachel Duff, Lorcan Convery and Lavia Meeke

Enniskillen Royal School

Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Enniskillen Royal School pupils Thomas Kerr, Anna Flanagan, James Ritchie and Aaron Flanagan.

St Louis Grammar

Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with St Louis Grammar pupils Conall McCafferty, Peter Graham and Thomas O'Kane.

Rainey Endowed School

Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Rainey Endowed School pupils Ron Fleming, Anna Doole, Gary Thompson and Kelly Stewart.

  • Belfast Royal Academy

    Charles Smith, left, general manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, managing director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Belfast Royal Academy pupils Hannah Hill, Charlotte Storey, Rachel Duff, Lorcan Convery and Lavia Meeke

  • Enniskillen Royal School

    Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Enniskillen Royal School pupils Thomas Kerr, Anna Flanagan, James Ritchie and Aaron Flanagan.

  • St Louis Grammar

    Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with St Louis Grammar pupils Conall McCafferty, Peter Graham and Thomas O'Kane.

  • Rainey Endowed School

    Charles Smith, left, General Manager of the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group, left, and George Mullan, right, Managing Director of ABP Northern Ireland, with Rainey Endowed School pupils Ron Fleming, Anna Doole, Gary Thompson and Kelly Stewart.

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