ABP Angus Youth Challenge

When a new agri food competition was promoted in our local farming newspaper last November we jumped at the opportunity to enter; with the chance to win 5 Aberdeen Angus calves, the ABP Angus Youth challenge immediately caught our attention. The first round of the competition was a video submission explaining about our school, ABP Food Group and the Aberdeen Angus breed.  Our school is in the heart of rural Northern Ireland and many pupils in our school have links with the farming community.  Agriculture club is a very important part of our extra-curricular activities and each week a guest speaker from the local farming industry will come into school to speak.


After progressing through the initial round, we made it to interview stage; this involved a 20-minute interview in front of a panel of 5 judges from ABP and the Angus Producer Group.  We were questioned on our knowledge of the industry, the Aberdeen Angus breed and our work as a team to date in the competition.  Getting news that we reached the final stage was very exciting and we immediately started working on our exhibition stand; to be staged to judges from across the agri-food sector at CAFRE Loughry College, Cookstown.


The final round allowed us to share our farming knowledge and exhibit our planned project to many industry experts; we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to new people and the experience of hosting our own stand.  Charles Smith (Angus Producer Group) and George Mullan (ABP) visited us at school in April to tell us that we were one of the finalists and we would be attending Balmoral Show to receive our calves.


At Balmoral we participated in various interviews and attended the presentation ceremony in the cattle ring; we are pleased to say we are now the proud owners of 5 calves.  It has been a great adventure so far and the calves are enjoying the green fields on Anna’s farm.  We have learnt a lot about the Aberdeen Angus breed and are continuing to work on our project investigating the importance of benchmarking and women in agriculture.