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Lisburn girls rearing to go with new calves for schools challenge

Samantha Todd and Emma Turner from Wallace High School with their calves
Samantha Todd and Emma Turner from Wallace High School with their calves
Crowds at Balmoral Show were treated to horse jumping displays, comedy entertainment and cattle showing yesterday
Crowds at Balmoral Show were treated to horse jumping displays, comedy entertainment and cattle showing yesterday
Crowds at Balmoral Show were treated to horse jumping displays, comedy entertainment and cattle showing yesterday
Crowds at Balmoral Show were treated to horse jumping displays, comedy entertainment and cattle showing yesterday

By Chris McCullough

Two teenagers from Wallace High School in Lisburn were among a number of pupils celebrating at the Balmoral Show yesterday as they became the temporary new owners of five calves.

Their mission, as part of the ABP Angus Youth Challenge, is to rear the calves until they are ready for killing.

Samantha Todd and Emma Turner are the only all-female team that is now in competition with three other teams to see who can make the most profit from their own group of calves.

The four finalist teams from local post-primary schools were picked from 15 semi-finalist schools and presented with their own calves by the agri-food business ABP.

The other teams are from Aughnacloy College, Fivemiletown College and Belfast Royal Academical Institution. Each team has also been assigned a special project to develop over the next 18 months. Both Samantha and Emma have farming backgrounds and are determined to enter the agricultural industry as vets once finished their education.

Samantha said: "We will rear the calves in Ballymena and are determined to do well in this competition.

"Throughout the next few months we will promote our project at various shows and update people how it is going."

Emma added: "We really want to show how females can excel just as well as males in the farming industry. This project is a good opportunity for us to do just that."

Day three of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Entertainment at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Day three of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Entertainment at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2019 Day three of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Cattle showing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2019 Day three of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Entertainment at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th May 2019 Day three of the Balmoral Show in partnership with Ulster Bank at Balmoral Park outside Lisburn. Cattle showing at the show. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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