Davis College students receive Irish Angus Cross calves at National Ploughing Championships

Rory Holland, Davis College, pictured here with engineering teachers Shane O’Riordan and Robert Stack, was awarded the best Higher Level Junior Certificate Metalwork Project 2017 in Cork County by the Engineering and Technology Teachers Association.

The Irish Angus Exhibition Centre at the National Ploughing Championships was a hive of activity last Thursday as RTE broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan presented a number of secondary school groups from around the country, including Davis College in Mallow, with five Irish Angus Cross calves to rear as part of a unique secondary schools competition. After the presentation, the Davis College students brought the calves home to rear for the next 18 months until their slaughter in 2019. In addition to rearing the calves, the schools will complete a project focusing on a different aspect of farming and the food chain, with the Davis College project being to highlight the versatility of Certified Irish Angus Beef for consumers. They will analyse the factors that affect the quality of beef, explore its flavour profile, and develop a creative approach to making beef more appealing for families and children. The Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition 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 the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education. For further information on the project visit www.angusproducergroup.com