CALF COMPETITION: Students from St Brendan’s College Killarney who took part in last week’s Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition 2020. Pictured are: Eoghan O Dubhain, Gearoid Mulvihill and Ethan Slattery. Photo: Chris Bellew/Fennells

By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Local students have been chosen as one of 30 schools out of 700 to go onto the finals for the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition.

The youngsters from St Brendan’s College Killarney were among 34 groups who were pitching to become one of the finalists for the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools Competition in Croke Park last week.

The idea which had earned the Transition Year students a place in the finals consisted of QR codes on meat packaging which provides the consumer with a background and history check of the meat.

Now they’re waiting for the results of the competition which was organised by Certified Irish Angus Beef, ABP and Kepak.

And if they win, the students will be challenged to rear five Angus calves for 18 months as part of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science project.

The aim of the competition is to encourage second level students to gain an understanding about the care and attention that is required to produce and promote the highest quality beef for farmers.

“Some schools keep the calves as they have the facilities, but if we were to get them, Irish Angus Beef would help us find a suitable farmer and facility for these calves,” Coramarie Kelliher, one of the teachers of St Brendan’s College, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The QR codes make it more traceable and more sustainable as well as it helps to promote Irish Angus beef compared to beef we import from other countries.”