Ballymena schools reach semi final of ABP Youth Challenge
Due to Covid-19 restrictions judging of the semi-finalists took place online with a panel of judges assessing the teams’ video submissions on their knowledge of premium Northern Irish Angus beef production and their interest in particular aspects of the beef supply chain.
The judges were drawn from leading organisations and individuals across the farming, agri-food and education sectors and included Queen’s University Belfast; Southern Regional College; the Ulster Farmers Union; the Livestock and Meat Commission; Ulster Bank; ASDA, DAERA; CAFRE, and Business in the Community NI.
Congratulating the pupils on reaching the semi-final, Managing Director of ABP in Northern Ireland, George Mullan said: “The ABP Angus Youth Challenge aims to help bridge the gap between school and employment for our young people. ABP is committed to supporting the next generation transition to the world of work, especially at this challenging time. Indeed, I’m delighted that the competition is also open for new entrants to take part in the 2021 programme.”
Each team that gets through to the final stage will be presented with five Aberdeen Angus cross calves to rear through to finishing over an 18-month farm-to-fork skills development programme. They will benefit financially from their sale to ABP. One overall winning team will also receive a £1,000 cash prize for their school.
The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is organised in partnership with the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group.
A team of two-four individuals can enter for a place in the 2021 programme by the closing date of November 27.
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