Caring for calves fun and educational for students

CAREER MOOOVES: Ulverstone High School students prepare to feed their calves. Picture: Grant Wells.FOUR calves on loan to Ulverstone High School are helping year seven students to learn in a hands-on way.

DairyTas and several private enterprises are funding the Cows Create Careers – Farm Module at 10 North-West Coast schools.

Students were learning valuable skills, while enjoying themselves, Ulverstone High School grade seven coordinator Wade Symmons said.

“The kids are responsible for looking after them, AM and PM,” he said.

“It’s like looking after a baby. It’s a big responsibility.”

Grade seven student, Derrick Murfet, said caring for the animals was fun.

“They can get a bit playful,” Derrick said.

“I reckon it’s a fun, enjoyable thing.”

The program has paid for the calves, their food and other expenses.

The school would not have the resources to get the calves in without the funding, Mr Symmons said.

The program started in 2004 in Victoria, but is now available in 180 schools nation-wide.

Dairy Australia’s Industry capability program manager, Tracy Lloyd, said the program built awareness of dairy industry careers.

“By bringing calves into schools, students have fun learning about the different skills required in the dairy industry,” Ms Lloyd said.

As part of the module, students make dairy industry-related videos.

A grand presentation will recognise volunteers, students and teachers at Burnie on October 30.

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