Students from St Louis Community School in Kiltimagh travelled to Thurles today to meet the Irish Angus calves they will rear for 18 months, as part of a unique competition.
Five students from Kiltimagh have been selected along with students from four other schools across the country to take part in the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition, which aims to encourage second-level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention required to produce and market the highest-quality beef for consumers.
The teams will each receive five Irish Angus Cross calves in September, which they will rear for 18 months until their slaughter.
In addition to rearing the calves, the students will complete a research project focussing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain.
The competition, run by the Irish Angus Producer Group in association with ABP and Kepak, aims to allow students to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom to a real-life setting.
Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in selling the animals to the processors when the project is completed, and the winning students will also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.