Sarah Armstrong, Rebecca Morrison and Grainne Casey are three young admirable teenage agricultural enthusiasts all hailing from strong Agricultural backgrounds, making them a powerful force to be reckoned with.
The transition-year students of Carrigallen Vocational School are one of several groups competing in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, where they are in the running for a chance to win a prestigious prize of five six-month-old Aberdeen-Angus calves.
Described as ‘Ireland’s most exciting Agricultural science project’, all calves will be reared right through until slaughter in order to coincide with the participant’s Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project.
The Leitrim trio have cleverly crafted their project ‘Irish Angus CVS’ in a way to kill two birds at one stone. The promotion of Certified Angus beef and the encouragement of women into Agriculture are among the student’s main objectives.
The competition has been devised by Irish Angus Producer Group, alongside ABP Ireland and Kepak, with an objective to further increase awareness of Certified Angus Beef among consumers and increase the knowledge of second-level students.
Speaking with That’s Farming, Irish Angus CVS’ said:
‘We couldn’t wait to start the project, once our Science teacher introduced the competition to us. We wanted to gain a greater insight into the use of Angus Genetics and the art of Angus calf-rearing, if we are lucky enough to win.’
With no delay, the budding young farmers spent an entire three week period comprising a short video demonstrating their knowledge of Agricultural science, the sponsors and promotion of Certified Irish Beef as part of the competition’s requirements.
The next few months were spent tirelessly promoting Angus in their school and locality through several demonstrations, tastings and promotional events. A major part of the girl’s campaign has been creating a stand-out social media campaign, regularly updating their followers with facts, photos and videos.
Not stopping in their tracks, the Carrigallen Vocational School students were successful and progressed on to the next stage, an interview in Mullingar Park Hotel on 17th January. Here, they were put through their paces by a panel of judges from ABP, Kepak, Certified Irish Angus and an Agricultural Science teacher.
Describing the experience as ‘rather daunting’, they didn’t fail to impress and continued on their endless winning streak.
The girls were selected to attend the exhibition in Croke Park, where they will once again deliver their powerful pitch to an array of judges from different areas of the Agricultural sector.
Sarah, Rebecca and Grainne will take to the stage on 15th March in order to competitively battle it out to claim one of five highly sought after places in the final.
Now finding their feet in the Agricultural industry, all three girls don’t plan on hanging up their wellies anytime soon, with numerous plans in the pipeline.
‘This journey has given us a lot of confidence for the future. We have enjoyed every second so far and haven’t found it challenging. We regard it as the first of many journeys we plan on taking.’ They said.
The team at That’s Farming wish all participants every success.