Teams from Taree Christian College have taken out a number of prizes at the Cows Create Careers farm module presentation day.
The team Darling Dairy Delights won first prize in the senior section, team Captains Udderpants won third prize in the Senior section and the school also won the Senior school prize.
The presentation day was the culmination of the Cows Create Careers project, and saw 100 excited students and teachers from eight schools across the Mid North Coast attended the high-energy event at Wauchope.
Students participated in industry-based games and prizes were awarded to the project's winning teams.
The presentation day recognised schools from the Mid Coast NSW region that had completed the project, including Taree Christian College, Taree High School, Great Lakes College - Forster Campus, Kempsey High School, Hastings Secondary College - Port Macquarie, Hastings Secondary College - Westport, Melville High School and Camden Haven High School.
Over three weeks the students completed the innovative Dairy Australia project that aims to increase the awareness of dairy industry careers in a very hands-on way: students rear and care for two three-week-old calves at their school.
Each school is provided with dairy industry curriculum, at no cost. A local dairy farmer teaches the students how to care for the calves, while an Industry Advocate visits the students to speak about their career in the dairy industry. Students are required to form teams to complete assessments based on the dairy industry.
Sally Roberts, Lead - People at Dairy Australia said it is encouraging to see secondary students passionate about Cows Create Careers and Australia's vibrant dairy industry.
"The aim of Cows Create Careers is to increase the students' awareness of the diversity of educational pathways and career opportunities in Australia's dairy industry. Through the project, students learn about the different skills required in the dairy industry in a fun and hands-on way," Ms Roberts said.
"It is great to see enthusiastic students getting involved and learning about the industry, while making important connections with their local dairy community. The Presentation Day is a great way to reward and celebrate the students' and schools' dedication to the project."
Cows Create Careers was originally established in 2004 with dairy farmers in the Strzelecki Lions Club in Victoria and nine Gippsland schools. Since 2006 the project has been supported by Dairy Australia, Regional Development Programs, dairy farmers and sponsors. It has now grown to 259 schools across Australia with 14,245 students completing the project in 2018.
Ms Roberts said that the project has received strong support from dairy farmers and advocates across Australia. Last year alone 535 volunteers gave 2,675 hours of their time across 23 Australian dairying regions.
"The project's passionate volunteers are vital to the continued success of Cows Create Careers. They speak to the students about their experiences in the industry, they support student career decision making, and they have important links to education and employment sectors."
Locally, the project is funded by Dairy NSW and receives additional support across the state from local companies Maxum Animal Nutrition, Mid Coast Connect, Dasco, Daviesway, Skellerup and Peach Teats who have continued to support the project in the Mid Coast NSW region.
For more information, visit https://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/people/dairy-education-and-careers
Dairy Australia is the national services body for the Australian dairy industry. The company acts as the collective investment arm of the industry, investing in essential research, development, extension and industry services. For more information on Dairy Australia and dairy service levy investments visit www.dairyaustralia.com.au.
While you're with us...
Did you know the Manning River Times is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up here.