ABP Angus Youth Challenge



Congratulations to Kelly Stewart who has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Individual Performance Award’ for her participation in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.


Kelly along with her other group members spent 18 months rearing 5 Aberdeen Angus cross calves while also completing research on benchmarking and women in agriculture.


Well done Kelly!

Agriculture Club 2019/20 Events


Term 1 Monday (M2) 1.10-1.35pm
Monday 30th Introductory Meeting
Monday 7th David Linton (Barenburg)
Monday 14th Personal farm experiences from RES pupils
Monday 21st Zita McNaugher (YFCU President)
Monday 4th Arthur Callaghan (ABP NI Blade Co-ordinator)
Monday 11th JB Tyres
Monday 18th Mid Ulster Vintage Club
Monday 25th ABP Youth Challenge Pupils
Monday 2nd Andrew Cargill (United Feeds)
Thursday 12th Winter Fair 2019
Term 2
Monday 13th Liz Simpson (CAFRE Careers)
Monday 20th Grassmen
Monday 27th Paula Smyth (Lantra)
Monday 3rd GCSE Agriculture Class
Monday 10th Rare Breeds Society
Monday 24th Farmflix
Monday 9th Basil Bayne (Harper Adams University)
Monday 16th Large Scale Farming
Monday 23rd David Lowe (HSENI)
Monday 30th ABP Youth Challenge Pupils


Rainey ABP Finalists



The Rainey ABP Finalist pupils attended a media presentation day at Cool FM Academy yesterday, where they learnt about presentation skills and pitched their presentation to a group of media experts. This was a very beneficial experience that will help as they prepare for their final pitch. Many thanks to the Cool FM team and Angus Producer Group for their support.

Balmoral Show 2019



Last Friday the Rainey 2018 finalists of the ABP Youth Challenge attended the Balmoral Show for the 2019 awards ceremony.  They spent time speaking with 2019 finalists and shared an update on their progress through the competition with Paul Clarke from UTV. Thanks to everyone at ABP & Northern Irish Angus Producer Group for all their support with our calves during the past year #ABPAngusYouth













ABP Angus Youth Challenge Year 12


The ABP Angus Youth Challenge Year 12 team (Anna, Ross, Kelly and Gary) update David Brown (Ulster Farmers’ Union) on the progress of their Angus calves that they have been rearing for the past 9 months. David is UFU Deputy President and recently visited our Agriculture Club. He outlined his own background and the opportunities for young people in the agri-food sector.

ABP Angus Youth Challenge Semi-Finals

Year 11 members of the Agriculture Club at their stand at the recent Semi-Finals of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge. The team consisted of Samuel, James, Jake and Andrew. Their project will on mental health in the farming community. As part of their presentation they were interviewed by leading figures in the agri-food sector.

Semi Final Exhibition



Wishing Andrew, Samuel, James and Jake all the best today as they participate in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge Semi Final Exhibition at Loughry College, Cookstown. The boys have worked extremely hard over the past few weeks in preparing their stand to meet the judges today. #ABPAngusYouthChallenge

Rainey Aberdeen Angus cross calves are continuing to thrive


The Rainey Aberdeen Angus cross calves are continuing to thrive, long gone are the sunny days when they were able to enjoy fresh grass in the fields.  They have now been moved to an indoor pen where they will remain until the end of winter.  When last weighed they were averaging 350kg, with a daily live weight gain of  1.1kg per head per day.

ABP Angus Youth Challenge Visit

The 4 Rainey ABP Angus Youth Challenge Finalists had the privilege of attending a study tour in England this week.  Pupils were able to see the entire food supply chain process from farm to fork by visiting Middleton Farm, ABP plant (Ellesmere) and Sainsbuy’s (Shrewsbury).  This experience was invaluable to the pupils as they continue to rear their calves and have learnt the importance of the agri-food sector for our local economy.  Pupils also delivered presentations to representatives from ABP and Northern Irish Angus Producer group based on their experience in the competition and their continued work with their project.  Thanks to ABP for providing the experience of a lifetime, let the journey continue…

Highland Show

Rainey Agriculture Club pupils enjoyed a 3 day trip to the Highland Show in June 2018, exploring the UK’s largest agriculture show with many exhibition stands, livestock competitions, machinery and agri food displays.  The pupils learnt a great deal about farming across the UK and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this vast show.


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.


Term 1 Wednesday (M2) 1.10-1.35pm
Wednesday 3rd Introductory Meeting
Wednesday 10th Raymond Bradford (Pig Advisor)
Wednesday 17th David Laughlin (Organic Beef and Dairy Farmer)
Wednesday 24th ABP Youth Challenge Pupils
Wednesday 7th James Speers (YFCU President)
Wednesday 14th 2000 Mile Harvest Kansas, USA
Tuesday 20th George McWhirter (Angus Producer Group)
Wednesday 28th Liz Simpson (CAFRE Careers)
Wednesday 5th C.G and R.F Agri Videos (Gary and Ross)
Thursday 13th Winter Fair 2018
Term 2
Wednesday 6th Grassmen DVD
Wednesday 13th Moy Park
Wednesday 27th Farming in New Zealand
Wednesday 6th Karro Foods (Cookstown)
Wednesday 13th David Brown (Ulster Farmers Union)
Wednesday 20th Jonny Thompson (Egg Production)
Wednesday 27th ABP Youth Challenge Pupils
Wednesday 3rd David Dallas (Northway Mushrooms)
Wednesday 10th C.G and R.F Agri Videos (Gary and Ross)





So how much do Teachers know?

Pupils from Food & Nutrition and Agriculture Club enjoyed the beautiful sunshine today at #Balmoralshow




Pupils from Food & Nutrition and Agriculture Club enjoyed the beautiful sunshine today at Balmoral; watching various demonstrations, cattle judging, trade stands and food samples.


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