Dairy program embraced

By October 6, 2016 General, Latest, News No Comments
Big grin: Rylie Hawkins with one of the dairy calves from Benalla P-12s Cows Create Careers program.

Big grin: Rylie Hawkins with one of the dairy calves
from Benalla P-12s Cows Create Careers program.

Students from the Hands-on Learning Program at Benalla P-12 College, Faithfull Campus, are involved with the Dairy Australia Program Cows Create Careers.

The Cows Create Careers Farm Module is a six-week program that aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a

hands-on way.

Students are educated by rearing two three-week-old calves at school and the school is provided with dairy industry curriculum for years 7 and 8 and years 9 to 11, at no cost.

Melbourne University Dookie Dairy have given Benalla P-12 College two dairy calves.

Students have received education from the dairy manager on how to run a dairy and look after their calves.

‘‘We are very lucky to be able to be involved in the program,’’ Hands-on Learning Teacher Pip Rowe said.

‘‘The students are extremely excited about the calves and have really gotten on board with the program, organising a seven-day feeding roster, along with learning how to feed and do health checks on the calves, to constructing and organising the bedding and housing for them.’’

The project has also required the students to make a movie and a 3D model relating to the dairy industry. Upon completion of the

program, students and teachers will be recognised at a presentation finale where prizes are awarded to the winning schools and students. The finale will be held in Shepparton in November.

‘‘This is a terrific program for our students as many of them have never had the opportunity to work with farm animals before,’’ Principal Barbara O’Brien said.

‘‘The program gives them the chance to participate in hands-on dairy farming duties and to gain a small understanding of what dairy farming entails.’’