Secondary students studied, competed, laughed and cheered their way through the last day of an interactive program designed to stimulate interest in a career in the dairy industry.
About 200 students from northern Victoria and southern Riverina got together in Shepparton last week for the final day of the Cows Create Careers program, which had an emphasis on activities.
Yanco Agricultural High School was the overall winner of the 2017 program, while Rochester Secondary College and Moama Anglican Grammar School were the two team winners.
Cows Create Careers is a Dairy Australia program that aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a hands-on way. Secondary students rear 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.
The presentation day recognised schools from north-east and northern Victoria and southern Riverina regions that had completed the program, including Galen Catholic College in Wangaratta, Corowa High School, Kooringal High School (Wagga Wagga), Notre Dame College (Shepparton), Hay War Memorial High School, Moama Anglican Grammar School, Benalla P-12 College, Barham High School, McGuire College (Shepparton), Yanco Agricultural High School, Finley High School, Coleambally Central School, Numurkah Secondary College, Kerang Technical High School, Rochester Secondary College, Catholic College Bendigo, Cohuna Secondary College, Boort District School and Kyabram P-12 College.
Since 2006, Dairy Australia has worked with thousands of students, teachers, farmers, industry advocates and communities through its investment in the Cows Create Careers Farm Module.
Dairy Australia’s Development Farm Profit and Capability program manager Sally Roberts said Cows Create Careers started in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club and nine Gippsland schools.
With support from Dairy Australia, regional development programs, dairy farmers and sponsors, the program has now grown to more than 245 schools across Australia with more than 12000 students expected to be involved in 2017.
Last year volunteers gave 2540 hours of their time across 23 Australian dairying regions.
In this region, the project is funded by Murray Dairy and receives support from Reid Stockfeeds, UDV (Goulburn Campaspe Dairy Farmers Charitable Trust Inc), National Centre for Dairy Education, Dairy Farmers Milk Co-operative, Parmalat, ProviCo, Devondale Murray Goulburn, MG Trading, Peach Teats, Dasco, Daviesway and Skellerup.