Dr Sam Kennedy CAFRE judge, Pupils Gerard Gray, Ethan Donnelly and Hannah Hill pictured with ABP Managing Director George Mullan during the semi final of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.


ABP is one of the largest meat processing companies in the UK and Ireland and is one of Business in the Community’s Transformational members. It is offering post primary pupils aged 14-16 / in Years 11 & 12, the opportunity to win a comprehensive farm to fork skills development experience. 

Called the ‘ABP Angus Youth Challenge,’ the competition offers a host of opportunities for teenagers at a crucial stage of their education to develop skills and knowledge of the agri-food industry in a fun and challenging way.

 Who is the ABP Angus Youth Challenge aimed at?

The success of competition so far has indicated that it doesn’t just appeal to pupils in Years 11& 12 who are studying the GCSE in Agriculture & Land Use or considering a BTEC in Agriculture. This has clear relevance. But pupils taking part to date have come both from rural and city schools. They are interested in a variety of jobs and careers that the agri-food sector can offer from food science; production; veterinary science; finance & business management or food nutrition.

ABP are keen to make this competition as accessible as possible. So it is open to entries from schools, clubs, societies or even a group of friends. There is flexibility to enter a team from an after-school club as well as from a particular class. More than one entry is accepted per school too. 

Which teachers make good team supervisors? 

The supervising teachers in the participating schools have tended to come from within the science department or have had a family farming background. In some instances it has been the pupils who have driven the entry because they have a farming connection or desire to get into the sector. However you do not have to live on a farm to take part. ABP will assist with the placement of the prize calves on a suitable farm if required.

Find out what great things can happen when you take part in the ABP Angus Youth Challenge.

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How to enter:

  • Entry is by short video followed by a shortlisting interview to reach the semi-final. Semi-finalists will compete at a national heat in March 2019 in front of an independent judging panel of industry experts and the media.
  • Each team that make the final stage will be awarded five Aberdeen Angus calves per team at a high profile, public prize-giving ceremony during the 2019 Balmoral Show.
  • They will then go on to rear their calves through to finishing, with the support of ABP and the Northern Irish Angus Producer Group. 
  • They will then fully benefit from the net profit at sale of the calves to ABP during an 18-month programme with ABP. 
  • An additional £1,000 cash prize will be awarded to the overall winning school/club or group.
  • Reaching the final stage of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge means travel; first-hand insights into a leading and award-winning beef processor; building experience for future careers whilst working on exciting projects that support ABP’s quality beef supply chain. 

The 2018 finalists currently participating in the programme are representing Belfast Royal Academy, Enniskillen Royal Grammar, Rainey Endowed Magherafelt and St Louis Grammar Ballymena. Closing date for receipt of entries is noon 30th November 2018. Interested parties can contact Arthur Callaghan, ABP T. 07884 483929 E: Arthur.callaghan@abpbeef.com

To find out more about how to enter click here

Please complete an entry form for each application, you can download one here

A full set of Terms & Conditions for the competition can be found here. 

We would be delighted if you wish to share this page link on to colleagues or pupils you thought may be interested in taking part.