‘Steaks’ are high as students at St Colman’s College in Fermoy take on the challenge of Irish Angus calves
A quartet of students from St Colman’s College in Fermoy will manage and rear their own mini-herd of Irish Angus calves as part of a prestigious national agri-science project.
The team of Darragh Morrison, Kian O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Donovan and Cathal McAuliffe, who received their new cattle loads at last week’s National Plowing Championship, are among five nationwide finalists selected in the 2022 edition of the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition.
Organized by Certified Irish Angus and its processing partners ABP and Kepak, the competition aims to encourage second-tier students to better understand the level of care and attention required to produce and market the best possible quality beef to consumers by applying the knowledge they learn in the classroom in a real setting.
The more than 140 teams from schools across the country vying to enter this year’s competition were narrowed down to the final five finalists following a multi-stage competitive interview process earlier this year, led by a selected panel of food industry experts. professionals
In addition to raising the calves for the next 18 months before the animals are sent to slaughter, the team will also carry out a research project linked to the graduate agricultural science program, focusing on a particular aspect of the agriculture and cattle production.
For their project, titled “Researching the Benefits of Agricultural Biodiversity”, the Fermoy team will explore the environmental challenges facing farmers of the future while seeking the balance of technological improvement in the tradition of cattle farming. .
In addition to keeping the money they earn from the sale of calves to processors at the end of the project, each of the teams will also receive a €2,000 grant to cover continuing education costs.