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Westmeath Students Make It To Final Of Leading Agri Competition

The competition involved rearing and carrying out research on five calves.

A group of students in Westmeath have made it through to the final of a prestigious agricultural competition.

Sarah Murray, Lorna Eagney, Conor O'Brien and Christopher Kerrigan from Moate Community School were among the cream of the crop in this year's edition of the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competition.

Each, finalist groups nationwide are challenged to rear five Irish Angus calves and carry out research on a specific aspect of farming and beef production for 18 months.

The Moate group investigated the theme 'Maximising the Benefit of Membership of Certified Irish Angus Producer Group'.

They also donated the proceeds of one of their calves, which came to the value of €1,200, to the Hooves 4 Hospice appeal.

The grand prize went to St. Aloysius College, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.

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