Post primary agri schools’ competition launched

Post primary agri schools’ competition launched

The Ulster Farmers’ Union has launched its first post primary schools’ competition for agriculture pupils, challenging them to think about how family farms in Northern Ireland can become more viable and sustainable, ensuring a prosperous future for the next generation.

UFU deputy president John McLenaghan, above, said: “Encouraging the next generation into the agri-industry remains a key focus for the UFU. We recognise the importance of education for our young people as many challenges lie ahead for agriculture.

“We are working to tackle the combined challenge of climate change and producing food to feed a growing population, as well as managing other issues and availing of new technology, while trying to maintain a viable business.

“Knowledge is critical in supporting farmers to run a profitable business and this competition will provide insight into various areas of the farm enterprise. It will help pupils to investigate alternative revenue streams, diversification and adapting new technologies, whilst enhancing their communication and interpersonal skills – all vital skills in preparation for interviews, college, university and employment.”

The competition, open to pupils in Year 11 – 14 who are part of an agricultural club within school or are studying agriculture as a subject or topic, requires students to work in teams and devise a business proposal to enhance a farming enterprise case study.

The  competition is split into two stages. The first is a short video summarising the business proposal, with the second stage comprising of an in-depth presentation followed by a panel question and answer session.

“The future of the agriculture industry lies in the hands of the next generation. In Northern Ireland we have a unique family farm structure, and we hope that pupils participating in this competition will gain a greater insight into business management, efficiency and how they can continue farming sustainably,” Mr McLenaghan added.  

The closing date for stage 1 is Friday 12 April 2024. For more information contact UFU communications officer Lynsay Hawkes at or (028) 9037 0222.