The line-up of judges for the ABP Angus Youth Challenge semi-final event, which takes place on Friday (9th March) at Loughry College, has been announced. The expert panel represents leading organisations within the farming and agri-food sector.
Judging the competition will be Elliot Bell, Senior Policy Officer, Ulster Farmers Union; Michael Bell, Executive Director, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association; Francis Breen, CAFRE Adviser to the Better Farm Beef Challenge; Conall Donnelly, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association; Edith Finlay, Subject Officer with the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment; John Henning, Company Director and Angus Breeder; Dr Sam Kennedy, Head of CAFRE Education Services; Mairead Lavery, Managing Editor Country Living Magazine; Seamus McMenanim, Economist with the Livestock & Meat Commission; as well as Farm Manager John Meade; Aurelie Moralis, NI Veterinary Consultant Zoetis UK; Naomi Rutherford, Agriculture PhD Student on secondment to the Agrifood & Biosciences Institute and James Speers, President of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster.
At the event, the judges will view the exhibition as two groups to explore the projects on display by the 11 semi-finalist teams. The projects will showcase innovative approaches and creative thinking on Angus beef related themes, promoting Northern Irish beef and the contribution of the agri-food sector to the local rural economy. The semi-finalists range from 14 to 16-year-old school children with a strong mix of girls and boys taking part from all over the province.
The three teams that will make it through to the final of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge will then be announced after Easter. They will go on to receive their Angus cross calves at a special event on 18th May as part of the 150th Balmoral Show and will also take part in an 18-month skills development programme with ABP from farm to fork. The ABP Angus Youth Challenge is organised by ABP in partnership with the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group.