Ellen McCaul, Nicole Briody, Blathnaid Farrelly and Tara McCabe from St Clare's College in Ballyjamesduff are among students from schools in Tipperary, Limerick, Westmeath, Laois, and Cavan who have been selected as finalists in this year's Certified Irish Angus schools' competition.
During a special event at Wednesday's National Ploughing Championships, the local students were presented with the Irish Angus-Cross calves they will rear as part of the competition.
The Competition, run by Certified Irish Angus and its processor partners, ABP and Kepak, aims to encourage second-level students to gain an understanding of the considerable care and attention that is required to produce and market the highest quality beef for consumers.
It focuses on inspiring students to consider the Irish agri-food industry as a valuable career choice.
Each finalist will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals to the processors on completion of the project and winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.